And as in the days of Noah, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
So Russell Crowe will not receive a papal blessing for his Noah pic:
Pope Francis has nixed a would-be meet and greet with the creative team behind “Noah,” including star Russell Crowe, director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount vice chair Rob Moore, which studio executives had been scrambling to schedule as a photo-op, Variety has learned.
The meeting was tentatively on the calendar for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the VIP section so the pope could figuratively lend a blessing to the $125 million biblical epic. The reason the Vatican cancelled it, according to a source, is over concerns word would leak, causing a spectacle as Crowe and Aronofsky landed in Rome.
Popes can’t be too careful in being taken advantage of for commercial enterprises, so PopeWatch applauds the discretion of the Pope in this instance. The movie has received heavy criticism for attempting to graft a heavy handed eco message on the Biblical story. The best screen portrayal of Noah PopeWatch has seen is the section on Noah in John Huston’s The Bible: In the Beginning (1966), which tells the first part of Genesis. Huston played the part of Noah in a surprisingly light hearted rendition of the tale.