Hristo Naumov Shopov (born January 4, 1964 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian actor. Shopov's father, Naum Shopov, is a famous Bulgarian actor as well.
Hristo Shopov is most noted for his portrayal of Pontius Pilate in Mel Gibson's THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST. Mary Soan, an assistant director of the film I AM DAVID, suggested that he would be suited for the role of Pilate to Shaila Rubin, who was casting the film. After Hristo and Gibson had a brief conversation, Hristo was given the part.
He has become one of Bulgaria's most successful actors, making his debut in 1981 with DISHAY, CHOVECHE (BREATHE, LITTLE MAN!). His body of work includes many Bulgarian films such as VCHERA (Yesterday) and SLEDVAY ME (Follow Me). He has also appeared in several low-budget US film productions including PHANTOM FORCE, TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY and ALIEN HUNTER. In his homeland, he is best known for his role in the movie VCHERA, which became a symbol of several generations.
COMMAND PERFORMANCE markes Shopov's second movie with Dolph Lundgren, after they joined the international cast of THE INQUIRY, also featuring Monica Cruz, Max von Sydow, F. Murray Abraham and Ornella Mutti.