Vatican bans Dan Brown film Angels & Demons from Rome churches
Richard Owen, in Rome
The Vatican has banned the makers of Angels & Demons, the latest Dan Brown thriller to be filmed, from shooting scenes not only in the Vatican but in any church in Rome on the ground that it is "an offence against God" and "wounds common religious feelings".
Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, head of the Vatican's Prefecture for Economic Affairs, said that the author had "turned the Gospels upside down to poison the faith. It would be unacceptable to transform churches into film sets so that his blasphemous novels can be made into mendacious films in the name of business."
Father Marco Fibbi, spokesman for the diocese of Rome, said: "Normally we read the script, but this time it was not necessary. The name Dan Brown was enough." The Vatican fiercely condemned both the novel The Da Vinci Code and its film version, which starred Tom Hanks as the Harvard professor Robert Langdon. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article4147839.ece
-Tom Hanks on the set of Angels & Demons, in which he reprises the role of Professor Robert Langdon, which he played in The Da Vinci Code
I had no idea they were making this movie. What in the world is Tom Hanks, a professed Christian, thinking?