Tom Hanks, who stated, “I’m not cynical. Cynicism is a default position in an awful lot of entertainment,” had some rather cynical words regarding the Da Vinci Codes films he made.
Hanks spoke in an interview with The New York Times about the mystery-thriller films based on the work of author Dan Brown, which included “The Da Vinci Code,” (2006), “Angels and Demons,” (2009) and “Inferno” (2016).”
“Oh, God, that was a commercial enterprise,” Hanks admitted. “Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey. ‘The Da Vinci Code’ was hooey.”
“I mean, Dan Brown, God bless him, says, Here is a sculpture in a place in Paris! No, it’s way over there. See how a cross is formed on a map? Well, it’s sort of a cross,” Hanks said.
“Those are delightful scavenger hunts that are about as accurate to history as the James Bond movies are to espionage. But they’re as cynical as a crossword puzzle. All we were doing is promising a diversion,” he continued.
“There’s nothing wrong with good commerce, provided it is good commerce,” Hanks insisted, quipping, “By the time we made the third one, we proved that it wasn’t such good commerce.”
The original book and film of “The Da Vinci Code” films elicited harsh criticism from the Catholic Church for the supposition that a cover-up had been implemented over a marriage between Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene and that they had borne a daughter; criticism was also leveled for the portrayal of the Catholic organizations Priory of Sion and Opus Dei. Some members of the Catholic Church urged a boycott of the film.
“Let me tell you something else about ‘The Da Vinci Code,’” Hanks confided. “It was my 40th-something birthday. We were shooting in the Louvre at night. I changed my pants in front of the Mona Lisa! They brought me a birthday cake in the Grand Salon! Who gets to have that experience? Any cynicism there? Hell no!”
Hanks, who had been a supporter of former President Barack Obama, seemingly slammed the Trump administration as he declared, “Now, a certain administration came down the pike, and the people who were screaming seemed to rule the day. Why? Because the people who cared about what’s right didn’t show up. Well, something egregious enough comes along, and guess what? People will show up. But their cages have to be rattled.”