Tarry for the Nonce

August 10, 2005

“They Simper and Smirk and Make Love to Us All”

Filed under: Entertainment — lmwalker @ 11:53 am

It’s a shame I enjoy Ian McKellen as an actor. He’s certainly a fool of a person:

McKellen, who recently finished filming a movie version of the book with Tom Hanks, brands the church’s stance against the novel “pathetic”.

He says: “People are always interested in mystery, but when it’s a mystery that suggests that a major influence on all our lives – the Catholic Church – has perhaps been misleading us all this time, then it becomes spectacularly sensational.

“The idea that it shouldn’t be read, which I think is the official Vatican line, is pretty pathetic.”

I have heard no such official Vatican “line.” It’s certainly not labelled a “must read,” but the main “line” I have heard is that the mis-information in the book should be recognized as such. With groups such as Opus Dei having to do massive damage control to prevent fiction from being accepted as fact, it’s easy to see why.

But I guess the Da Vinci Code producers are concerned as well:

Studio officials have consulted with Catholic and other Christian specialists on how they might alter the plot of the novel to avoid offending the devout.

And, since the majority of the offense is to those evil Catholics:

Sony Pictures, the studio making the new film version of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code, have sought the Catholic Church’s blessing.

Apparently the move is an attempt by the studio to bridge the gap to the devout audience caused by the great offence many Catholics took to the book’s content.

Personally, I would say the producers are stuck between a rock and a hard place, since the premise of the book already offends the devout and they can’t remove too many anti-Catholic elements without robbing the story of its plot. This pandering is unnecessary and unappreciated.

So let them just make the movie and move on with their lives. And then I trust that the film will have the opportunity to fade into the oblivion it so richly deserves.



  1. There was a plot?

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 10, 2005 @ 12:12 pm

  2. poor Da Vinci.

    Comment by Alistair A. — August 11, 2005 @ 11:19 am

  3. HAHAHA Nice one Alistair

    Comment by Andrew P. — August 11, 2005 @ 3:24 pm

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