Ok Ian, I like your acting abilities, and I overlook your deviant nature to enjoy your movies - But to say it should have a fiction disclaimer....
- Lauer took the bull of controversy more directly by the horns when he
interviewed the cast and director Howard today. Said Lauer:
"There have been
calls from some religious groups, they wanted a disclaimer at the beginning of
this movie saying it is fiction because one of the themes in the book really
knocks Christianity right on its ear, if Christ survived the crucifixion, he did
not die for our sins and therefore was not resurrected. What I'm saying is,
people wanted this to say 'fiction, fiction, fiction'. How would you all have
felt if there was a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie? Would it have been
okay with you?"
There was a pause, and then famed British actor Ian McKellen
[Gandalf of Lord of the Rings], piped up:
"Well, I've often thought the
Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction. I mean,
walking on water, it takes an act of faith. And I have faith in this movie. Not
that it's true, not that it's factual, but that it's a jolly good story. And I
think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and
fiction, and discuss the thing after they've seen it."
With the camera
focused on McKellen, one could hear a distinctly nervous laugh in the
background, seeming to come from either actor Tom Hanks or director Howard.
McKellen's stunning bit of blasphemy is likely to test the adage that all
publicity is good publicity -
There ya go... Why not burn the bible next?