Unperturbed by the “vague and baseless controversies” surrounding his film ‘Angels and Demons’,Oscar-winning director Ron Howard states that those who believe the movie to be offensive should not watch it.
‘Angels and Demons’,the movie adaptation of Dan Brown’s best-selling novel of the same name,is the prequel to the 2006 hit ‘Da Vinci Code’.
The film,which is releasing in India on May 15,is facing opposition from Christian bodies as they demand that some portions of the film be deleted before its release.
“We never intend to disgrace a religion or its sentiments and I don’t feel perturbed by these vague and baseless controversies as the film is made for entertainment and not for creating resentment.
“…If anyone feels the film is going to be offensive to them – don’t see it,” Howard said in an interview from Los Angeles.
The American director said he was aware of the protests in India but denied that his film had anything against any particular religion.
“I came to know about this. Neither I nor my film are anti-Catholic. I believe Catholics,including most in the hierarchy of the Church,will enjoy the movie for what it is: an exciting mystery set in the awe-inspiring beauty of Rome,” said Howard defending his film.
Distributed worldwide by Columbia Pictures,’Angels and Demons’ marks the return of Oscar-winning Tom Hanks as the Harvard University symbologist Robert Langdon. Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer will play the love interest of Langdon in the film which also stars ‘Trainspotting’ actor Ewan McGregor.
The mystery-thriller revolves around the quest of Robert Langdon to unravel the mysteries of a secret society called the Illuminati and to prevent a plot from annihilating Vatican City using destructive antimatter.
Howard believes that he has found the “perfect incarnation” of Dan Brown’s fictional hero in Tom Hanks.
“Tom loves movies and we have found the perfect incarnation of the fictional Langdon. He has taken all the more ownership of the Robert Langdon character in the film version of the Dan Brown novels he is a perfect Langdon,” said Howard.
The Academy winning director,however,was non-committal when asked whether he was planning to make a film on Brown’s latest novel ‘The Lost Symbol’ or whether Hanks would reprise his role in the third installment as well.
“Commenting on the third film of the series would be immature now as it’s a totally mutual decision of producers and Tom himself. I am sure he is a hot-favorite among you guys. Let us see what future unfolds ahead,” Howard said.
‘Angels and Demons’ has already kicked up a storm just like its predecessor The Da Vinci Code,which faced protests all over the world.
But those who liked the previous film,Howard promises a better entertainer in ‘Angels and Demons’.
“I hope this movie too lives up to the legacy of ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and gets appreciation and praise more than the former movie since it has a rather more liberal dose of thrill and adventure to it,” Howard said.
Howard believes that despite the controversies,the film will be liked by the movie lovers.
“If the content is good,I am sure it will sell and and I guarantee a genuine screenplay and contemporary script is what we have tried out of Dan Brown’s great work,” he promised.
Director of successful and award-winning films like ‘Cinderella Man’ ‘Apollo 13’,and ‘A Beautiful Mind’,Howard was nominated for the best director at this year’s Oscars for ‘Frost/Nixon’ but lost out to Danny Boyle.
The director,who was denied permission to shoot the film in Vatican,reportedly used cameramen posing as tourists to capture footage of the Holy city.
“…A couple of days before we were to start filming in several of our locations in Rome,it was explained to us that the Vatican had exerted some influence. I was a little frustrated at times,” said Howard.
When asked whether he had any plans to work with Indian filmmakers,the director said,”I have not planned on it,yet however,who knows the future?”
Howard,who found Imagine Entertainment in 1986 with Brian Grazer,is currently working on the production of TV series ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘Parenthood’.