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Russell Crowe revealed he’s ignoring controversy over his new project Noah since he totally expected Muslim nations to ban the religious movie.
Crowe’s playing the ark-building prophet hero in Darren Aronofsky’s movie adaptation of the Bible story of the Great Flood. The movie appeared in headlines last month when it was banned in a number of countries in the Middle East.
Nonetheless, the Gladiator star insists the snub isn’t an issue for the movie, since they all expected Muslim nations to ban the big budget big screen adaptation.
Crowe told Britain’s Daily Telegraph, “This story is contained in every religious text. Noah is in the Quran (Islam’s holy book). People from all over the world outside of religion have flood mythology… To be frank, given that it is a tenet of the Muslim religion that you can’t make stories or render images about the Prophet, it was not unexpected that some Islamic nations would ban the film.”
Crowe insisted the countries which banned the movie, including Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, are missing out on “stimulation and discussion” in a religious context. He added, “It’s the primary issue of this film, whether you have faith or you don’t have faith, you talk about it.”
On the other hand, Crowe got Pope Francis’ blessing for the movie, revealing, “The Holy Father showed a great level of consistency with the things he’s been saying and things he’s been doing…It was an incredible privilege to be invited. Given the amount of controversy surrounding this film, and has been surrounding it for a year now, the fact we were invited to the Vatican was extremely kind.”
He also added on his Twitter page, “ciao Roma, my love for your eternal light just grows deeper. Thank you holy father @Pontifex for the blessing.”