Russell Crowe defends 'Noah,' says it's not based off of 'children's books' (Video)

By Gina DiFalco,

Russell Crowe is speaking out against those who are criticizing Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic Noah, which he stars in alongside Emma Watson and Jennifer Connelly.

The film has been criticized for straying too much from the original, but Crowe is challenging them by saying the film doesn’t depict the story told in “children’s books.”

"It's not going to be the story that you think you know. Most people that you talk to, literally their understanding of Noah is from children's books, not from The Bible,” he told Digital Spy.

He added, "Any piece of art that can make people willingly go into a conversation about our stewardship of the Earth, our relationship to animals and what is spirituality… I think there's nothing negative about that at all."

Religious groups have slammed the film, which made $44 million in its opening weekend, and some Muslim countries have even banned it.

Last month, Watson also defended the film, saying Aronofsky had to “adapt it for the screen,” noting it wouldn’t be much of a story if he had kept it in its original form.

“If we had gone with exactly the original story, Noah doesn't say anything until he steps off the ark,” she said. “You would have been watching a silent film. None of the women are really spoken about in the biblical story. There wouldn't of been any women in it."

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