Russell Crowe's Noah: 'Stood By While Others Perish', 'Not Benevolent Or Nice'
By Benjamin Jones, Crossmap On November 27, 2013
Russell Crowe as Noah...Biblical Noah or Hollywood Noah?
Since the recent release of the theatrical trailer of 'Noah', the new film starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Sir Anthony Hopkins and directed by Darren Aronofsky, Christians have expressed concerns that the movie may not be an accurate portrayal of the Biblical Noah account in Genesis. A recent interview with Russell Crowe may be further clue that the latest Hollywood version of 'Noah' will veer from the Holy Scriptures.
In Russell Crowe's recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, after answering questions for the film: The Man of Steel, he gave clues to the direction where the film Noah will head towards.
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"The funny thing with people is that they consider Noah to be a benevolent figure, because he looked after the animals. 'Aww, Noah...Noah and the animals'. It's like, are you kidding me? This is the dude that stood by and watched the entire population of the planet perish. He's not benevolent, he's not even nice! You know what I mean?"
Crowe made a point that in the latest film, Noah will not be portrayed as a benevolent nor nice person, instead a person who stood by to watch the people in the rest of the world perish. Perhaps he is referring to the general public whose image of Noah is one in Sunday Schools with the white beard and a boat full of animals, however Christians with a better knowledge of the scriptures, have pointed out that Noah was described as 'a preacher of righteousness' as recorded in 2 Peter 2:5, which means he preached to the world about righteousness, instead of simply letting them die in the judgment of their sins.
Crowe then continues: "At one point in the story, his son says: 'I thought you were chosen cause you're good' then he goes: 'I was chosen cause I can get the job done mate,'" he chuckles.
This dialogue in the film attributes the reason why Noah was chosen as being the one with the ability to complete the Ark. This will certainly irk even more Christians as Hebrews 11:7 states that Noah's most important character is his faith, and his holy fear towards God.
He then concludes the interview by saying: "So I think people are gonna be...judging from where their questions come from, I think they're gonna be quite surprised what Noah actually means, what it really means to be in that position."
One thing is for sure, that Christians are going to be surprised. However from what is revealed from the movie so far, the reaction may be far from a pleasant surprise.
Producer of the film, Scott Franklin, told Entertainment Weekly in the beginning of the year: "Noah is a very short section of the Bible with a lot of gaps, so we definitely had to take some creative expression in it. But I think we stayed very true to the story and didn't really deviate from the Bible."
Brian Godawa, an American screenwriter and author after reading an earlier draft of the script last year concluded that the film will be "unbiblical and uninteresting" and "will ruin for decades the possibility of making a really great and entertaining movie of this Bible hero."
'Noah' is due to release on March 28, 2014.
You can see Russel Crowe's interview with ET below: