Darren Aronofsky on Interpreting 'Noah': 'Does Literalism Exist?' (Video)

Darren Aronofsky with 'Noah' stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly at the film's New York City premiere.
Darren Aronofsky with 'Noah' stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly at the film's New York City premiere.
 

Noah writer-director Darren Aronofsky concedes that he couldn't help but interpret the biblical story of Noah's Ark, explaining that it was tough to literally portray miraculous events.

"You know, what is literalism? Does literalism exist? And when you're dealing with something like Noah, where everything is a miracle, from the deluge to all the animals two-by-two -- everything that happens is a miracle," the filmmaker told Good Morning America Friday when asked about Paramount releasing a disclaimer saying the film was inspired by the Bible. "As soon as you start to interpret it, when you cast Russell Crowe it's an interpretation … but it's about the spirit. And the spirit of it is going back to all those four chapters and trying to be very, very truthful to every word, every sentence."

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In addition, Aronofsky tried to literally portray the ark, the dimensions of which are given in the Bible.

Based on that, he explained, the crew built a full replica, to scale, adding that he wanted a real vessel to help the actors deliver authentic performances.

"With all the miracles happening in the film, you wanted something to ground the actors because if they were fully on a green screen with everything, how do you get that emotion? And the emotion was so important to me," he told GMA.

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Aronofsky added that while the movie is about family and survival, "It's also about how we all have original sin in us and what we're going to do with this second chance that we've been given."
 
"We're living the second chance of Noah, and it's a great cautionary tale to look at ourselves and think about the world we're in today," he said.

Watch Aronofsky's full interview below.


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