Director Claims He's Following The Bible

Darren Aronofsky, director of such nightmarish films like Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream, is tackling the most epic story ever told: Noah’s ark. But sticking to the biblical events may prove too much for some Christians, possibly resulting in an edit not approved by the director.

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The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the studio behind the upcoming film Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky, has been nervously testing alternate versions for Christian audiences, and the results have been mixed.

The controversial film stars Russell Crowe as Noah, Jennifer Connelly as his wife and Emma Watson as his daughter.

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One scene in particular that has religious-minded people upset is where Noah gets drunk after the flood. Catholic.org has this text from Genesis: chapter 9:

"Noah, a tiller of the soil, was the first to plant the vine. He drank some of the wine, and while he was drunk, he lay uncovered in his tent."

If there’s anything we would need after a great flood, it’s a glass of wine, so we can totally relate to Noah.

He does, however, present the character of Noah as an angry guy obsessed with building an ark, per God's orders. So if you're looking for a nice grandfatherly-type in a long white beard, you'll be sorely disappointed.

Having been raised in a conservative Jewish household, Aronofsky told THR that "I had no problem completely honoring and respecting everything in the Bible and accepting it as truth."

So where’s the disconnect? Many modern Christians may be more familiar with the New Testament of the Bible that portrays a very loving and forgiving god. It’s easy to overlook the “eye for an eye” divinity of the Old Testament who killed everyone on Earth, except for Noah and his family.

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Whatever the final edit will be, Aronofsky is working with the largest film budget of his career. Over $125 million has been spent to tell this disaster drama that ironically faced setbacks when Superstorm Sandy hit the film’s set in Oyster Bay, New York.

“It was pretty hard to keep working, but we still brought it in on time," said Aronofsky.

Weigh-in in the comments section below if you think Noah getting drunk is too controversial to show in the film.

Noah floods theaters March 28.

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Comments on "A flood of controversy: Can Christians deal with a drunk Noah?"

Ed Whitesides February 16, 2014 | 9:47 AM

The controversy surrounding this movie runs deeper than mainstream Christianity's image of biblical characters as grandfatherly, as your article suggests. The greater issue is mainstream Christianity's fear of scientific (and archaeological) discovery. "We have to find that ark to prove the Bible to be true!" And they may be right, even though careful review of the biblical story, written by poets (not scientists or historians), alongside scientific evidence, can lend plausibility to most biblical stories. In my research and travels through Israel for my book about the Dead Sea Scrolls, I discovered plausible explanations for such biblical feats as Noah's construction of the ark. The story is based as much on historical lore as it is on the Bible, although in my opinion, neither perspective contradicts the other. In my recent blog (edsrealanswers), I also explained my rational for believing in the validity of the Noah story, noting that there are multiple ark-stories in other geographic locations passed down by a variety of cultures. Could it be that when the ice caps melted thousands of years ago, as scientists suggest, that flooding took place all around the globe in locations that were the "known world" for those cultures? If so, is it possible that all those "Noah's" around the world were simply visionaries who recognized that the water was rising and they had best be prepared for catastrophe? Whatever the answer, the latest talk about climate change and imminent disaster should lead us to a better understanding of the MORAL of the story of Noah, which may or may not have been taught in Sunday School.

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