Vatican bans Tom Hanks from churches

By Alexandra Heilbron on June 17, 2008 | 16 Comments

Tom Hanks filmingFilming for the new Da Vinci Code movie has taken a hit, as the Vatican sent a clear message to Tom Hanks and his co-stars: “Keep out.” The diocese of Rome has banned Angels and Demons from filming inside its churches because the movie “does not conform to our views,” says spokesman Monsignor Marco Fibbi. Angels and Demons is a prequel to 2006’s The Da Vinci Code – also starring Hanks and directed by Ron Howard. Filming was to take place in two of Rome’s historic churches. “It’s a film that treats religious issues in a way that contrasts with common religious sentiment,” Fibbi told Reuters. “Normally we read the script but this time it was not necessary. The name Dan Brown was enough.”

Comments & Discussion

  1. Rico B • June 17, 2008 @ 1:32 PM

    I was Wondering How long it would take before the Church started restricting access of its property to “Free Thinking” Film-makers.

    Cant say that I blame them though….Even the Church is a business these days, and Dan Brown is Bad Business For the Church.

  2. Nancy • June 17, 2008 @ 1:42 PM

    And so is Rod Stwart’s daughter Kim…bad for the church. They banned her, too.

  3. Nancy • June 17, 2008 @ 1:45 PM

    Rod Stewart, sorry guys.

  4. tammy • June 17, 2008 @ 2:09 PM

    I guess no one knows the meaning of fiction anymore….and why is the church so afraid…I think they have enough followers…

  5. Russ Crossley • June 17, 2008 @ 4:16 PM

    As with any owner the Catholic Church has the right to allow anyone they wish on their property. In this case they do want Mr. Brown, or the film makers, to have access to their property. Just as I have my property rights so do they. You also have to consider that Mr. Brown has insisted his “fiction” is based upon truth, which is patent nonsense, but it did sell a lot of books.

    I’m not Catholic, but I applaud them for sticking up for their convictions.

    And who needs another BORING “thriller” anyway.

  6. tammy • June 17, 2008 @ 4:53 PM

    It is not boring….Maybe you should read the book Russ…

  7. STEVE-O • June 17, 2008 @ 4:54 PM

    The Vatican is just as silly as the word they preach. It is all a lie anyways.

  8. Nancy • June 17, 2008 @ 5:48 PM

    I bet this is the same church that he helped the bride get through and up the steps to last week.

  9. L1feless • June 18, 2008 @ 8:12 AM

    I guess the little boys room is in ‘Use’ again. Come to think of it what is worse in the eyes of god writing down words on a sheet of paper which contradict the bible or sleeping with young boys on gods day of rest?

    Well lets have their god decide that for them.

  10. Dave • June 18, 2008 @ 9:00 AM

    I think he was banned for Turner and Hooch

  11. seriously • June 18, 2008 @ 10:16 AM

    it ticks me off that people life Lifeless makes dumbass statements like the one above.
    be a bit more mature. yeah there are a lot of priests that made huge freaking sins, but its interesting how everyone seems to think they’re the only ones. that doesn’t excuse them but don’t make it sound like its part of the church.

    and if you don’t agree with someone’s faith and beliefs, wtf makes you think they’re gonna allow you to film something controversial in one of their places? please. gimme a break.
    you see any muslims and jewish giving way to their critics? yeah i don’t think so. at least we’re not burning embassies and shit.

  12. L1feless • June 18, 2008 @ 11:08 AM

    First of it was my goal to merely make a joke. Since sarcasm is not and option here I will respond ‘More maturely’. You will also notice that I will not end my statement with the word shit after attempting to bash someone.

    The other religions may not have given way to the critics but they are also not (to my knowledge) as of late being asked to have a feature film showcase one of their main landmarks in it.

    Another key point here is that I am sure there has to be multiple religious people involved with this film. This historic and sacred landmark for the Catholic church would have been a highlight for those individuals to both film and visit.

    Finally I would have loved to have seen the church publicly take the high road and allow filming there. It really would have spoken volumes for their political arguments against Brown and others alike. Not to mention show a positive spin on the church. Which this stance in obviously not doing for them.

  13. tributegirl • June 18, 2008 @ 7:29 PM

    Since when are we allowed to use the word shit on here? Where are the censors?

  14. Nancy • June 18, 2008 @ 7:39 PM

    Sorry Tribute coppers! The door opened and I walked through it! 🙂

  15. "Bart" • June 19, 2008 @ 1:15 PM

    Hey now kids lets all get along…more then enough room for different opinions here…unless the censors don’t like you!
    And Turmer and Hooch was FUNNY…Joe vs the Volcano now I could see him banded for that one.
    And as always “God loves everyone equally” unless you dont agree with the Church!
    Ponder this one…What is the one symbol used through out all time used to envoke Wealth and Power? Would you agree “GOLD”? and what is used through out every Catholic Church?

    Why would that be?!?

  16. Sergio • June 20, 2008 @ 3:58 AM

    Calling any church a ‘house of god’ is ludicrous. FACT:Catholicism is the richest organization in the world.

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