Thursday, May 11, 2006

Tom Hanks blasts Da Vinci critics

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Tom Hanks today spoke up against critics of the upcoming film The Da Vinci Code.

Catholics and other Christian groups have called for the movie version of the best-selling book to be boycotted, calling it blasphemous for portraying Jesus as having sired children with Mary Magdalene, and for saying that members of the Catholic group Opus Dei covered up Jesus's secret life.

Oscar-winner Hanks said critics are taking the film too seriously: "We always knew there would be a segment of society that would not want this movie to be shown. But the story we tell is loaded with all sorts of hooey and fun kind of scavenger-hunt-type nonsense. If you are going to take any sort of movie at face value, particularly a huge-budget motion picture like this, you'd be making a very big mistake. It's a damn good story and a lot of fun... all it is is dialogue. That never hurts."

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