Filmmaker hits back at claims he made Biblical character into an 'environmental wacko'

Director Darren Aronofsky has responded to criticisms of his new Biblical epic Noah.

Some reviewers have been unimpressed with the film’s focus on green issues, with one critic claiming that Aronofsky had turned his title character into “an environmental wacko”.

Speaking to CNN, however, the filmmaker said his interpretation of the story was true to the Bible. “It’s in Genesis,” he said. “Noah is saving the animals. He’s not out there saving innocent babies – he’s saving the animals, he’s saving creation.”

He added: “It was very clear to us that there was an environmental message. To pull that message out of it, we think, would have been more of an editing job than just sort of representing what’s there.”

Noah opens in UK cinemas tomorrow (April 4). The film, an epic, large-scale retelling of the classic Biblical tale, stars Russell Crowe and Emma Watson.