Controversial conspiracy thriller The Da Vinci Code set no opening-weekend records, although it earned an estimated $77 million in domestic ticket sales, according to a Washington Post article. The book and movie have caused many Christians, including Catholic actor Mel Gibson, to react because of the way that fiction is presented as fact.
Gibson has refuted “The Da Vinci Code” book and movie for attacking beliefs that he holds sacred, according to World Entertainment Network. The producer of The Passion of the Christ movie has been outraged about the thriller’s controversial plot concerning Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. Gibson says, “What worries me is that people will take this as fact.”
“I’m not angry, per se, that it refutes everything I hold sacred, the foundations of my beliefs. The Da Vinci Code is an admitted work of fiction but it cleverly weaves fact into maverick theories in a way that will appear plausible to some.”
Gibson was actually the first choice of Dr. Robert Lomas (the intellectual who inspired the Robert Langdon character) to play him. Tom Hanks plays Langdon in the film. omas says, “In an ideal world I’d quite like to have been played by Mel Gibson.”
While many Christians boycotted the film, one church in Pennsylvania spent $4,500 to buy all the seats for two evening showings of Da Vinci at the local theater, reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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