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Tom Hanks/ Prof. Robert Langdon Not Welcomed in Church

Tom Hanks is a persona non grata in all of the churches of the Vatican and Rome. The Vatican has banned the filming of Angels and Demons, Dan Brown's sequel to The Da Vinci Code because it is "an offense against God."

The head of the Vatican's Prefecture For Economic Affairs said:

[The stories] turned the Gospels upside down to poison the faith. It would be unacceptable to transform churches into film sets so that his blasphemous novels can be made into mendacious films in the name of business.

The Church did not even read the script, as the name Dan Brown was enough to merit a ban. In The Da Vinci Code, Brown suggests that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children, and Angels and Demons paints a picture of corrupt leadership in the Catholic Church.

I'm still trying to decide whether viewers are sophisticated enough to distinguish between fiction and accepted theology. Still, while modern moviegoers may wish the Catholic Church lightened up for the sake of art and entertainment, it's hard to imagine the Church freely giving its stamp of approval. Would it not lend credibility to the theology created by Dan Brown? Do you approve of the Church's disapproval?


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Jinx Jinx 9 years
Actually, the ideas are not Dan Browns, the idea of a blood line of Christ came from "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" (1982), written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
I would think more business than politics.
wraithofwonder wraithofwonder 9 years
"I am not catholic but respect that church wanting to protect itself with this ban." They're politicians who have the cross virtually tattooed to their forehead, but they're still politicians. Holy men would focus on greater things.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
I don't think so. I think they see it as blasphemy.
wraithofwonder wraithofwonder 9 years
"Still, while modern moviegoers may wish the Catholic Church lightened up for the sake of art and entertainment, it's hard to imagine the Church freely giving its stamp of approval. Would it not lend credibility to the theology created by Dan Brown?" Doesn't their reacting at all, do so?
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Why would they think they could film there. One word: Soundstage.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
RAC! Hello. :) :drinks:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
I enjoyed Dan Brown's books as entertainment...nothing more. They were fun, it wasn't deep or the most difficult read I've ever had. BUT sometimes I like to read just for fun. I think women were drawn to it because of the Mary Magdalene story. There WAS a gospel of Mary and the church DID falsely accuse Mary of being a whore. The Roman Catholic church only admitted that was false in the 70's and did it very quietly. It is still being taught that she was a whore when really it looks like she was one of his disciples. The rest of the book was absolute fluff, but still a fun read.
raciccarone raciccarone 9 years
I understand Dan Brown's next book "Hitler: Jesus' Last Scion" is much less controversial.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Yester, dang, don't be a snob. Everyone has different tastes. I love Jude the Obscure and Catch 22, as well as a juicy Anne Rice or some other cheese book. Everyone is entitled to guilty pleasures and personal taste. If we were all the same, wouldn't that be a big snore? :zzz:
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
It's amazing to me how much the Catholic Church (the early church has ostracized women. Even though several miracles were revealed to the women first, they saw fit to send the women to the perverbial back of the bus. I shouldn't complaign, because the women who get kicked out of the Catholic Church come to the ELCA and are, for the most part, very good theologians and pastors.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
stephley, I was interested in that point too. I thought maybe it was because it is the Vatican, not "just a church"? Maybe it was just a difference in knowing who they were. Angels and Demons and DaVinci are much better known then Kevin Smith and his little movie, lol. ps I love Kevin Smith
stephley stephley 9 years
Off topic sort of - I was working in a bookstore part time when the Da Vinci Code came out and I was amazed at the large number of women who came in looking for the book because they were so thrilled at the notion that Jesus was more accepting of women than the Church suggests. A lot of women feel very left out.
stephley stephley 9 years
I just don't understand why Dogma was allowed to film in a Catholic church but this isn't. Probably the difference is Rome and Pittsburgh (i think)but it does seem inconsistent to me.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
yesteryear, There's no need to be a snob about it. I myself, read a variety of literature, and I have never been in a Walgreens. So, excuse me if I found Angels and Demons and DaVinci Code fun to read, and enjoyed the flow of the books. :P
ginandsugar ginandsugar 9 years
I have seen other private organizations turn down filming access due to not agreeing with the message of a movie. It happens all the time. But people do love to get all fired up!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I loved the da vinci code, read it back in 2003, hated the movie though. I am not catholic but respect that church wanting to protect itsself with this ban.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
da vinci code a great book? please read more than what you can find on the shelf at walgreens. jeez. that's like saying TV guide is your favorite magazine.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
I loved all the Dan Brown books. But the movie was poor in relation to the books (but I usually like books better anyways! :)) As for the church? They are within their rights and I can't say that I blame them. YY had a very good point up in comment 20.
roor roor 9 years
:lol: kiki, you did not just say that - asking for troouble ;) anyway i think what Liberty says is true,perception is the big factor here, and if it was filmed there then people would be like oh ok the church is fine with all the blasphemy... i think they are just trying to preserve the sanctity of their religion. hey even Kazakhstan(sp?) had problems with the borat movie.
nicachica nicachica 9 years
Those two Dan Brown books were amazing reads but the DaVinci Code movie was BORING. I was so disappointed and i fear Angels and Demons won't be much better! Anyway, the Church is within its rights to say that they don't want that movie to shoot in its churches. I mean, it's their property... I think a lot of people got confused with the DaVinci Code because it mixed historical fact with fiction and the lines were kinda blurry. I got confused myself and i was a women's studies/religion major so i had to do all kinds of research to get a semi-objective perspective!
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Jessy, that is right, Angels and Demons was first, and I always recommend to people that they read it first!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
This might be nit picky but Angels and Demons is not Dan Brown's sequel to The Da Vinci Code as it came out in 2000 and the latter came out in 2003. The events in The Da Vinci Code take place after Angels and Demons. This is Hollywood's sequel and the first movie wasn't that great. The books were really good though and I am not surprised the church would ban filming. I agree with Jinx that the books and films are only partly based in fact and mostly based on legend. There is a reason these societies are secret and we can never know how much or how little they actually control. People become obsessed with media and start to take it as fact so that is what the church is fearing with a new film and the works of Dan Brown.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
The books are amazingly fun to read. I loved Angels and Demons more then the "Code". The DaVinci Code movie was a let down in comparison to the book, (most movies are, I'm sorry) but I still got goose bumps in the end when he figures out the clue and returns to the Louve. And yes, these books took bits of fact and presented it in a fictional manner, and most people can't handle that.
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