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Da Vinci Code Actor: "Bible Should Have a Disclaimer Saying 'This Is Fiction'"
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 05/17/2006 5:54:17 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

May 17, 2006

If the Da Vinci Code was already feeding the flames of controversy with its challenge to the basic tenets of Christianity, actor Ian McKellen managed to throw a refinery tank's worth of gasoline on the fire on this morning's Today show, asserting that the Bible should carry a disclaimer saying that it is "fiction."

Matt Lauer, on his second day "On The Road With The Code," was in Cannes for the film festival, where the Code will have its debut. It has already been screened to some critics, who have given it decidedly mixed reviews.

As I reported here yesterday, NBC reporter Melissa Stark timidly dipped a toe in the sea of controversy when yesterday she interviewed Code director Ron Howard, asking how he reacted to the controversy the movie has created . . . for the Church! Sounding more like the Delphic oracle than a Hollywood director, Howard offered up some ambiguous prose about it being healthy thing for people to engage their beliefs.

Lauer took the bull of controversy more directly by the horns when he interviewed the cast and director Howard today. Said Lauer:

"There have been calls from some religious groups, they wanted a disclaimer at the beginning of this movie saying it is fiction because one of the themes in the book really knocks Christianity right on its ear, if Christ survived the crucifixion, he did not die for our sins and therefore was not resurrected. What I'm saying is, people wanted this to say 'fiction, fiction, fiction'. How would you all have felt if there was a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie? Would it have been okay with you?"

There was a pause, and then famed British actor Ian McKellen [Gandalf of Lord of the Rings], piped up:

"Well, I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction. I mean, walking on water, it takes an act of faith. And I have faith in this movie. Not that it's true, not that it's factual, but that it's a jolly good story. And I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing after they've seen it."

With the camera focused on McKellen, one could hear a distinctly nervous laugh in the background, seeming to come from either actor Tom Hanks or director Howard. McKellen's stunning bit of blasphemy is likely to test the adage that all publicity is good publicity.

Finkelstein, recently a guest on the Lars Larson Show, lives in the liberal haven of Ithaca, NY, where he hosts the award-winning public-access TV show 'Right Angle'. Contact him at mark@gunhill.net


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1 posted on 05/17/2006 5:54:20 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show/NewsBusters guaranteed-engine-starter ping.


2 posted on 05/17/2006 5:55:01 AM PDT by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: Deb

PING!!!!


3 posted on 05/17/2006 5:55:42 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Evidently the film is a stinker. Good.


4 posted on 05/17/2006 5:55:52 AM PDT by hershey
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ian obviously doesn't have the wisdom of Gandalf...


5 posted on 05/17/2006 5:56:27 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
With the camera focused on McKellen, one could hear a distinctly nervous laugh in the background, seeming to come from either actor Tom Hanks or director Howard. McKellen's stunning bit of blasphemy is likely to test the adage that all publicity is good publicity.

He is only saying what Brown, Hanks, and Howard are thinking, but are afraid to say.

6 posted on 05/17/2006 5:56:28 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
...actor Ian McKellen managed to throw a refinery tank's worth of gasoline on the fire on this morning's Today show, asserting that the Bible should carry a disclaimer saying that it is "fiction."

Would this actor be so "courageous" to say the same thing about the Koran or does he prefer to keep his head?

7 posted on 05/17/2006 5:56:30 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Is Gandolf still waiting for God's endorsemnet of his homo lifestyle? Sounds like sour grapes.


8 posted on 05/17/2006 5:56:39 AM PDT by submarinerswife
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I really think people are making a bigger deal out of this than is justified. If someone decides to take the word of Dan Brown (I think that is his name) over the Holy Bible, then they obviously aren't interested in the truth anyway.


9 posted on 05/17/2006 5:57:14 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: Siobhan; Canticle_of_Deborah; broadsword; NYer; Salvation; sandyeggo; american colleen; ...
Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, Magneto from X-Men, Prof. Teabing from the Da Vinci Code): "Well, I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction. I mean, walking on water, it takes an act of faith. And I have faith in this movie. Not that it's true, not that it's factual, but that it's a jolly good story. And I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing after they've seen it."

Catholic ping!

10 posted on 05/17/2006 5:57:19 AM PDT by Pyro7480 (Sancte Joseph, terror daemonum, ora pro nobis!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Come on, guys, don't fall for this. They NEED the controversy now that the critics have panned this movie.


11 posted on 05/17/2006 5:57:29 AM PDT by NinoFan
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

He's an actor. He reads the words others write. He's also a militant homosexual.


12 posted on 05/17/2006 5:58:22 AM PDT by veronica ("A person needs a sense of mission like the air he breathes...")
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

just another reason not to go see it.


13 posted on 05/17/2006 5:58:40 AM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

McKellen, an open homosexual, has also said he always physically removes the passages from Leviticus that offend him .... from this work of fiction that is often found in hotel rooms! Hah! Think he tripped over his own tongue here.


14 posted on 05/17/2006 5:59:46 AM PDT by Rummyfan
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The scary thing is, Brown throroughly believes his piece of fiction is factual, at least the conspiracy theory part. Brown believes tha Mary and Jesus were married and had a baby. Brown believes the gnostic texts are the true gospels more worthy than Mark, John, or Luke. Brown believes the Catholic church is covering up the truth.


15 posted on 05/17/2006 6:00:23 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Matt Lauer, on his second day "On The Road With The Code,"

Apparently Matt and the Today Show staff also feel the urgent need to fuel the fires.

16 posted on 05/17/2006 6:00:23 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Good, let those Hollywood Liberal Elite totally expose how intolerant and hostile they are towards religion and especially Christians.

Let him come back tomorrow and continue.
17 posted on 05/17/2006 6:00:32 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If he said that about the Koran, there'd be a fatwa on him.


18 posted on 05/17/2006 6:00:37 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll. 17,400+ snide replies and counting!)
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To: hershey
Evidently the film is a stinker.

That's what I'm thinking too. And the actor's seem to be doing their best to alienate the ticket-buying audience.

19 posted on 05/17/2006 6:00:37 AM PDT by silent_jonny ("the good and honest souls here will prevail" -- MOgirl)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Well, I wasn't going to go see it. Now I am REALLY still not going to see it. LOL.


20 posted on 05/17/2006 6:00:48 AM PDT by Bahbah (“KERRY LIED!! SCHOLARLY ATTRIBUTION DIED!!!”)
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To: Echo Talon; All

Fox and Friends just had Mancow say reports from the Cann film festival indicate this movie is "a real stinker".

The movie is apparently very bad.

This "boycott" stuff is just a PR stunt.


21 posted on 05/17/2006 6:01:11 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: NinoFan

Well said!

It's all one big show for them...


22 posted on 05/17/2006 6:01:30 AM PDT by Barney59 ("Time wounds all heels.")
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To: NinoFan
"They NEED the controversy now that the critics have panned this movie."

My hope is that both the movie and those associated w/ it are panned.

23 posted on 05/17/2006 6:01:34 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"Bible Should Have a Disclaimer Saying 'This Is Fiction'"

The big guy upstairs says he's wrong

24 posted on 05/17/2006 6:01:38 AM PDT by Mo1 (DEMOCRATS: A CULTURE OF TREASON)
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To: veronica

Don't ad lib: isn't that the first thing they teach you in acting school?

Seriously, how complicated a job does this retard have anyway?


25 posted on 05/17/2006 6:02:17 AM PDT by noncommie
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To: mlc9852

Absolutely, I read the book a couple of years ago, didn't spend any money on it borrowed it, I found it a entertaining thriller but that is all. I am dumbfounded that it is still a top seller, I figured everyone would have found someone with a copy of book by now. Won't see the movie however.


26 posted on 05/17/2006 6:02:27 AM PDT by mel
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To: mlc9852
I really think people are making a bigger deal out of this than is justified. If someone decides to take the word of Dan Brown (I think that is his name) over the Holy Bible, then they obviously aren't interested in the truth anyway.

Well yes and no. When you see sheep being lead to slaughter, you should try to give them a warning.

27 posted on 05/17/2006 6:02:33 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Always Right
The scary thing is, Brown throroughly believes his piece of fiction is factual, at least the conspiracy theory part.

I've seen a couple of his coy comments and wondered if they were true or if he is playing to his potential audience. There's a projected third book, isn't there?

28 posted on 05/17/2006 6:02:43 AM PDT by siunevada (If we learn nothing from history, what's the point of having one? - Peggy Hill)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
Ian obviously doesn't have the wisdom of Gandalf...

He's just pissed because the Bible condemns homosexuality.

29 posted on 05/17/2006 6:02:43 AM PDT by Recovering Hermit (I will not need to come here again…I will send my android instead.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Unbelieveable, these pretentious actors think they're so "wise" and smart and they end up being nothing more than ignorant prix...

Go ahead idiots, turn at least half your market away!

30 posted on 05/17/2006 6:02:57 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Words Mean Things...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Bad reviews = need more controversy.
31 posted on 05/17/2006 6:03:09 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Pyro7480
Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, Magneto from X-Men, Prof. Teabing from the Da Vinci Code): "Well, I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction.

Tolkien would not be pleased.

32 posted on 05/17/2006 6:03:47 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Da Vinci Code Actor:

"Bible Should Have a Disclaimer Saying 'This Is Fiction'"




Free Republic Poster:

"McKellen should have a disclaimer saying 'I am an agenda-laden pervert, attacking anything that does not overtly celebrate my narcicisstic, socially destructive lifestyle'"


33 posted on 05/17/2006 6:04:08 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

And I should care what a homosexual activist thinks about the Word of God........why?


34 posted on 05/17/2006 6:04:09 AM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: mlc9852

Your post makes the point that those who would leave their faith as a result of seeing this movie, aren't devoted to their faith in the first place.


35 posted on 05/17/2006 6:04:47 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Sir Ian McKellen is also very homosexual. Gays tend to dismiss the truth of the Bible because believing it would tend to cast their own personal choices in a bad light. This comes a no surprise and was, in fact, expected.


36 posted on 05/17/2006 6:05:08 AM PDT by Doohickey (Democrats are nothing without a constituency of victims.)
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To: mel
Absolutely, I read the book a couple of years ago, didn't spend any money on it borrowed it, I found it a entertaining thriller but that is all. I am dumbfounded that it is still a top seller

Are you kidding? A book that bashes the Catholic church and reinforces liberals ideas that Christianity is a phony religion. That's a gold mine. Bashing Christ is even bigger than bashing Bush.

37 posted on 05/17/2006 6:05:40 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: longtermmemmory
I haven't gone "to the movies" in years it wont hurt me any not to see this film nor will I be missing anything. LOL
I bought Narnia on DVD and I still haven't watched that yet...
38 posted on 05/17/2006 6:06:05 AM PDT by Echo Talon
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To: Knitting A Conundrum
God is dead - Ian

Ian is dead - God..........

39 posted on 05/17/2006 6:06:06 AM PDT by Red Badger (In warfare there are no constant conditions. --- The Art of War by SunTzu)
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(homosexual) Sir Ian McKellen (Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, Magneto from X-Men, Prof. Teabing from the Da Vinci Code...

I first read that as "Professor Teabag"

40 posted on 05/17/2006 6:06:30 AM PDT by Nihil Obstat
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To: OldFriend

Exactly.


41 posted on 05/17/2006 6:06:34 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Not a good remark by Ian.


42 posted on 05/17/2006 6:06:56 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: veronica
He's an actor. He reads the words others write.

"Hollywood: We lie about who we are for a living!"

43 posted on 05/17/2006 6:07:04 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ron Howard managed to screw up the story of the Alamo, another heresy he committed. He reached his zenith as Opie and Richie Cunningham and should have retired gracefully at age 16.


44 posted on 05/17/2006 6:07:39 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: Bahbah
Me too.

I wasn't going to see it, but now I'm not going to see it even more.

45 posted on 05/17/2006 6:08:08 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: OldFriend
I agree with you but what concerns me is with people who are not mature or secure in their faith.

It's like the mustard seeds. Their foundation just had a load of gravel put on them. Hard to grow in that type of soil.

46 posted on 05/17/2006 6:08:15 AM PDT by mware (Americans in armchairs doing the job of the media.)
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To: Always Right
All this bull in DaVinci (I bet he's spinning in his grave) was in Holy Blood, Holy Grail in the early 80's. It's so last century..........or izzit 1st century?.......
47 posted on 05/17/2006 6:08:40 AM PDT by Red Badger (In warfare there are no constant conditions. --- The Art of War by SunTzu)
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To: hershey

Evidently the film is a stinker. Good.

Yep, but all the negative attention will help its numbers at the box office.


48 posted on 05/17/2006 6:08:59 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (No more rhyming, and I mean it! ..Anybody want a peanut.....)
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To: siunevada
I've seen a couple of his coy comments and wondered if they were true or if he is playing to his potential audience. There's a projected third book, isn't there?

There is a pretty telling comment on Dan Brown's web page.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF CLERICAL SCHOLARS ATTEMPTING TO "DISPROVE" THE DA VINCI CODE?

Brown: "The dialogue is wonderful. These authors and I obviously disagree"

Dan Brown is clearly indicating he believes the blasphemy in his book.

49 posted on 05/17/2006 6:09:24 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Ian obviously doesn't have the wisdom of Gandalf...




Obviously. :( That's really sad too. I feel sorry for him now.


50 posted on 05/17/2006 6:10:11 AM PDT by EmilyGeiger
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