Director Darren Aronofsky hits back at critics at the European premiere of 'Noah', while Douglas Booth talks its blood-filled romantic scenes. Rollo Ross reports
The story of the flood has been brought to life in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah". The film is a reworking of the fable from the Bible about a man chosen by God to create an ark to save his family and all the animals from the impending deluge. As the story also features in the Quran, the film has been banned in three Arab countries on the grounds that it breaks Islam's taboo of depicting a prophet in art forms. There are also expected to be outcries from religious groups when the film finally hits cinemas. However, at the European premiere of the movie in Berlin, Aronofsky shrugged off the supposed controversy surrounding the film. SOUNDBITE 'Noah' director Darren Aronofsky, saying (English) "I don't think there really is that big of a controversy. Most of the controversy is about the unknown. I think as soon as people start to see the film, tonight and in the following weeks, the controversy is going to disappear. People have to see the film and see how it relates to them. But, you know, I think the oldest stories in the world are the classics and they relate to all of us. There is something about water, there is the flood that we all can understand, that is deep in our souls. It doesn't matter where you are from on the planet, what religion you are, Noah belongs to everyone." While Russell Crowe, who plays Noah, was absent from the premiere, his co-stars Emma Watson and Douglas Booth, who play husband and wife in the movie were on hand to talk up the romantic side of the tale. SOUNDBITE Actor Douglas Booth, saying (English): "It was meant to be romantic, there was a scene where we had to run together at one point, like run into a kiss and we got so tight that we just ended up running and butting heads and make each other's lips bleed. She is great fun, a great, great girl." "Noah" and the flood will start hitting cinemas worldwide from March 27th.