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Watson: Noah tale had to be adapted

Emma Watson has defended her new film Noah, following criticism over its re-telling of the Bible story.

The Harry Potter actress - who stars alongside Russell Crowe in director Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic - insisted that the tale had to be adapted for the big screen.

"If we had gone with exactly the original story, Noah doesn't say anything until he steps off the ark. You would have been watching a silent film," she explained.

"None of the women are really spoken about in the biblical story. There wouldn't of been any women in it. He had to adapt it for the screen."

The actress also revealed that initially she couldn't see Black Swan director Aronofsky telling the story of Noah.

She said: "Darren does these very dark, very intense, very gritty, very real films. And then Noah is kind of - you see this guy with the long beard and there's the animals. ... You can't really picture it."

But the 23-year-old, who plays Noah's adopted daughter Ila, changed her opinion when she read the script by Aronofsky and Ari Handel. "I think it's a really original take on a genre, on a story, on an idea," she said.

The star also opened up about making the transition from child star to adult actress.

"You know, it can be a very corrupt environment and situation for a young person and I'm just so thankful that I have people around me who have really held my hand," she said.

"Everyone from my publicist through the person who does my hair and makeup, from my brothers through to my friends to my professors who helped support me through my education. I mean there's a huge group of people that just helped me so much. Yeah. I'm a very, very, very lucky girl."

Noah also stars Sir Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Connelly, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Ray Winstone. It is due to be released in cinemas on April 4.

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