Director Ron Howard has accused the Vatican of trying to hamper the filming of his new movie, Angels & Demons, starring Tom Hanks.
The movie sequel to author Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code features symbolist Robert Langdon helping to rescue four kidnapped cardinals.
But Howard said the Vatican exerted its influence “through back channels” to prevent filming near certain churches.
You’d almost think that Ron Howard was directing a movie whose central conceit not only attacks one of the key teachings of Christianity*, but does so by ripping off Holy Blood, Holy Grail pretty much wholesale. Personally, if I was a Vatican official I’d be more offended by the second than the first: Baigent, Leigh, & Lincoln at least weren’t in the ‘mystical bloodline of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene’ business strictly for the cash.
*The divinity of Christ, essentially.
Crossposted to RedState.