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Crowe's Noah 'not literal' warning

Russell Crowe's biblical drama Noah is to get a disclaimer saying it is not a literal adaptation after pressure from a religious group.

The film, which stars Russell in the title role and is directed by Darren Aronofsky, had drawn controversy over its creative retelling of the Bible story, which casts Noah as a dark and intense character.

Now Paramount, who are making the film, have responded to an appeal from Jerry A Johnson, president and CEO of The National Religious Broadcasters, to flag up that the adaptation is not a literal retelling of the Christian tale, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film's all-star cast also includes Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone.

All future adverts and marketing will carry the message: "The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide. The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis."

Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said: "We are deeply appreciative of Dr Johnson's efforts to bring this idea to us. Our goal has been to take every measure we can to ensure moviegoers have the information they need before deciding to buy a ticket to see the film.

"We are very proud of Darren Aronofsky's Noah. We think audiences all over the world will enjoy this epic film."

Jerry, despite admitting the filmmakers had taken creative liberties, gave the film his blessing, saying: "Many people will go to this film and enjoy it.

"We are grateful that Paramount is striving, with this disclaimer, to strike a proper balance between artistic creativity, character development, and honoring the sacred scripture."

Noah is due to be released in cinemas on April 4.

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