Recently I posted then edited our article on Brian Houston where the writer-director Darren Aronofsky was said to have openly stated the Noah movie is,
“…the least biblical biblical film ever made.”
And regarding some test screening scores used by Paramount studios Aronofsky said,
“I don’t give a [profanity removed] about test scores. I’m outside the test scores.”
My quotes were in the context from Time magazine and match several other major media outlets. Here is exactly how this was portrayed in Time with the entire quote minus the profanity only,
“While a key concern with The Bible was making sure churchgoers would find the miniseries to be an accurate representation of what Christians believe to be the word of God, Noah is a bit different. For the past few months, Aronofsky and Paramount have been at odds over the direction of the film. Paramount execs have been screen-testing versions that give more obvious nods to Scripture, while Aronofsky stood by his original vision for a movie he has called “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” And: “I don’t give a [profanity] about test scores. I’m outside the test scores.” It’s typical for a film to be screen-tested in a few different versions, but Noah went through about half a dozen, shown to predominantly Christian audiences, including one that featured religious imagery at the beginning and a Christian rock song called “Spirit Break Out” by Kim Walker-Smith played over the credits.”
Their source appears to have been the New Yorker magazine with a press release dated March 10th, 2014 where Aronofsky is quoted directly as saying,
“The unanticipated success of Aronofsky’s last film, “Black Swan,” has given him “access to new and dangerous toys,” Friend writes. Paramount Pictures produced “Noah,” a retelling of the story of Noah’s Ark, featuring an expanded narrative that includes family strife, an epic battle, sci-fi—including pipe guns, explosions, and six-armed fallen angels—and Darwinian evolution, at a final cost of a hundred and thirty million dollars. The visual-effects budget alone is three times the cost of “Black Swan.” Aronofsky tells Friend that “Noah” is “the least Biblical Biblical film ever made.””
Then later in the press release separately from Noah that represents Aronfsky’s feelings about movie studio screen test scores in general not about people of faith,
“In August, at a test screening in suburban Phoenix, the audience responded equivocally. Paramount, which had the right of final cut, asked for some radical changes before the remaining test screenings. “The idea was to see if the studio could placate the audience that had flocked to Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of the Christ’—the twenty-nine per cent of Americans who, the studio’s research said, consider themselves evangelical or ‘Bible-minded’—even if that meant making the film less faithful to Genesis and more faithful to people’s sentimental recollections of Genesis. Regarding studio testing, Aronofsky tells Friend, “I don’t give a [profanity] about the test scores! My films are outside the scores. Ten men in a room trying to come up with their favorite ice cream are going to agree on vanilla. I’m the Rocky Road guy.” In December, Paramount tested its fifth, and “least Aronofskian,” version of “Noah”: an eighty-six-minute beatitude that began with a montage of religious imagery, ended with a Christian rock song…”
Time magazine I believe misrepresented Aronofsky or it at least made it come across as an attack on people of faith. My point is not diminished however, Aronofsky no doubt referred to Noah as being his least Biblical film and he is a profane man by Biblical definition when cursing about movie studio test scores. He did not appear to be attacking people of faith directly when cursing but rather the Paramount movie studio screen test or any studio test scores for that matter.
So why does Rick Warren apparently now defend Aronofsky? I will let my readers answer that one…
“The quote arose after an interview with The New Yorker in which Aronofsky referred to “Noah” as “the least biblical biblical film ever made.” In using the word biblical twice in the quote, the director meant that “Noah” is unlike any other previously made religious film in a cinematic sense and feel.” (Christian Post)
So according to the Christian Post, Rick Warren is saying Aronofsky didn’t mean it was the least biblical but rather that “…Noah is unlike any other previously made religious film in a cinematic sense and feel.”
Baloney, I believe Aronofsky as quoted said it right! It is BOTH the least biblical and unlike any previously made religious film produced!