It promised to be a celebrity watcher's fantasy, the meeting between Pope John Paul II and Clint Eastwood--between the Vicar of Christ and the mayor of Carmel.
In the end, however, the man who starred as Dirty Harry was content to play a bit role Thursday and leave the Pope as the starring attraction.
The two men met only once, at the Monterey Airport, where Eastwood was merely one more hand for the Pope to shake in a reception line of county supervisors and other civic officials from around Monterey County.
Later, they shared the ornate Carmel Mission with several hundred others. As the Pope performed his priestly duties, Eastwood sat in thoughtful silence a few feet away. It probably made Eastwood's day.