Ron Howard denies Catholic 'smears'
Director Ron Howard is speaking up for his upcoming thriller Angels & Demons, taking on Catholic League head honcho William Donohue, who has accused the director and author Dan Brown of "smearing" the Vatican "with fabulously bogus tales" in the upcoming Da Vinci Code prequel.
In recent weeks, Donohue has released a series of op-eds and press releases slamming Howard and the film, which follows Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) as he teams up with the Church to thwart an attack against the Vatican. In a piece for the Huffington Post, Howard asks "What, exactly, is anti-Catholic about that?"
Sure the writer made stuff up, he said. "And if fictional movies could never take liberties with reality, then there would have been no Ben-Hur, no Barabbas, The Robe, Gone With The Wind, or Titanic. Not to mention Splash!"
So is the Pope a mermaid in this movie?
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne