Actor wants Pope Francis to take a look at Biblical epic
Russell Crowe has urged the Pope to watch his new Biblical epic Noah.
The Australian actor spoke on Twitter earlier this week (February 23) in an attempt to convince Pope Francis that he should watch the film, which stars Crowe in the titular role as a man charged with the task of building an ark to survive a great flood.
“Dear Holy Father… #Noah film. Screening?The message of the film is powerful , fascinating , resonant,” he wrote, before adding: “Given his environmental focus/scholarly knowledge, trying to screen #Noah for Pope Francis.”
It was revealed earlier this month that studio Paramount have agreed to release director Darren Aronofsky’s original cut of Noah. They had reportedly been worried about the potential backlash from religious viewers who might have taken offence to the filmmaker’s take on the Bible in the film. As a result, they used two cuts of the film to test to screening audiences to gauge reaction, but have now agreed to show Aronofsky’s version of the film.
Crowe is joined in Noah by an impressive supporting cast that includes Emma Watson, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth and Logan Lerman. It will open in cinemas in the UK and US on March 28, 2014 – click below to watch a trailer.