Conservatives are upset over a new film about the Biblical story of "Noah," starring Russell Crowe.
The film, directed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler), is still being re-cut after test screenings (trailer below).
One self-described "religious" moviegoer who attended a test screening in conservative Orange County, Calif. told The Hollywood Reporter that Noah was depicted as a "crazy, irrational, religious nut" who is worried about overpopulation and environmental problems.
That reaction was shared by other Christian conservatives who saw the test screening, which doesn't seem to bother Aronofsky.
"We wanted to smash expectations of who Noah is," Aronofsky told The Hollywood Reporter. "The first thing I told Russell is, 'I will never shoot you on a houseboat with two giraffes behind you.' ...You're going to see Russell Crowe as a superhero, a guy who has this incredibly difficult challenge put in front of him and has to overcome it."
Paramount Studios Vice Chair Rob Moore admits there are "significantly conservative folks who have a more literal expectation [from the film]."
"There are some people where it's a very emotional experience of, 'Whoa, whoa, whoa, a Hollywood studio is trying to tell a story from my faith, and I am skeptical,'" added Moore. "Not necessarily 50 percent of the people, but maybe 10 or 20 percent. And those people can be very noisy."
Back in 2012, Aronofsky told Slashfilm.com, "I don’t think it’s a very religious story... I think it’s a great fable that’s part of so many different religions and spiritual practices. I just think it’s a great story that’s never been on film... He’s a dark, complicated character. The tragedies we perform on each other are so well reported. Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it."