Emma Watson: ‘Noah’ Star Talks Film and Spirituality

By: Kimberly Ripley - March 30, 2014

Emma Watson is just one of the stars in the new film Noah that premiered this weekend in theaters across the country. During one of her interviews touting the film she talked about the liberties director Darren Aronofsky took in translating the Bible story for telling on the big screen.

‘‘Darren does these very dark, very intense, very gritty, very real films,’’ Watson explained. ‘‘And then Noah is kind of — you see this guy with the long beard and there’s the animals. … You can’t really picture it.’’

Then she read the script.

‘‘I think it’s a really original take on a genre, on a story, on an idea,’’ she said.

Emma Watson’s role is that of Noah’s adopted daughter Ila. Is she a particularly religious woman in real life?

“I already had the sense that I was someone who was more spiritual than specifically religious. … I’m really interested in those things that are more far-reaching than culture, nationality, race, religion,” she said.

Darren Aronofsky has come under considerable fire from several Christian groups who have accused him of taking way too many liberties with the biblical text. Watson weighed in on that as well.

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

And that makes perfect sense, too. Anyone who has read the Old Testament account of Noah knows that the entire tale is summed up in very few passages. There is no way to extract a film’s worth of story line from the biblical account.

In addition to Emma Watson, Noah also stars Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly. The hype about this film alone may draw viewers to the box office. The special effects are said to be second to none as well.

Noah appears to have what it takes to dictate many people’s weekend plans. Emma Watson seems to have played a role in drawing in at least a fair portion of the film’s soon-to-be fans.

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  • Berean

    As a Christian, Reformed, conservative and evangelical Christian, I enjoyed the movie. She is right- not much is said in the biblical narrative. I also knew going in that an atheist was the director. Considering he was an atheist I still think he did a decent job. This was not a bash the Christians movie. My biggest beef is the fact that he removes God talking to Noah and telling him to build the ark. Of course if he had included that it would have ruined his story. Overall, I thought it was a great movie. Biblical, no but good none the less.

    • Craig Miller

      If it wasn’t Biblical, it wasn’t a great movie. Leaving out God means it wasn’t worth seeing. Nice job compromising your beliefs to line the wallet of an atheist, who altered the theme of Noah’s story.

      • David Hoffman

        Just curious, how do you know what her beliefs are? There are different types of Christians with different beliefs. If you really want to get picky though, you aren’t being a very good Christian, as God makes it clear that we should not judge, only God judges. What does that say about you? BTW, I’m not judging, I’m just asking a question…

        • Craig Miller

          Very simply she told me in the first sentence what her beliefs are. I didn’t say she wasn’t a good Christian, I just said she made a compromise to see a movie that was made by someone who at this point in his life is worshiping Satan, i.e. an atheist. I would like to point out that the “judge not lest ye be judged” is so over used. We are to be our brother and sister’s keepers. You are judging too, you said, “you aren’t being a very good Christian.” I am not perfect, but no one except Jesus is.

          • David Hoffman

            Atheist do not worship Satan. Atheist reject the belief in any dirty’s. In other words, they don’t believe in Satan or God. As far as something being over used, are you saying that we should follow certain verses over others? As far as me saying you aren’t a very good Christian yourself, I’m just going by your standards. No compromises, right?

          • Craig Miller

            well if you know anything about Christianity then you know that Christians believe you either worship God or Satan you have only two choices. As far as the scripture no that isn’t what I am saying I am saying people use that scripture to shut Christians up. Have I compromised yes I have am i proud of it? No I’m not but I’m certainly not going to go on the internet and promote a movie that leaves the name of God out of it and say that it was a great movie after professing my Christian faith. That’s where she and I disagree that doesn’t make her any less of a Christian but even in the Bible Paul rebuked Peter did that make Paul wrong to judge Peter No he need correcting; and before you say it I am nowhere near the man that Paul was in my faith.

          • David Hoffman

            Honestly, I’m not a Christian. I’m more of a spiritualist as I have difficulty in living my life by a book written by the hand of man, saying it came from God. I love God and I love Jesus and when I find myself struggling, I just think of what Jesus would do. As long as I live my life in the grace of God, I’ll spend eternity in paradise.

          • Craig Miller

            Most of what you say, is more right on than most people who profess to be Christians. The Bible was written by men, but they were inspired by God to write it, so it wasn’t just on a whim. Christian means to be Christ-like; how are you not like that if you have him in your heart and have confessed you are a sinner? Trust me it is ONLY by God’s grace or else we would all be doomed.

          • David Hoffman

            Like you, I agree with much of what you are saying, my problem lies with the fact that in just my lifetime alone, we have had numerous men come forth saying that God has spoken to them and they were told to write something. Don’t get me wrong, I believe these men were just publicity seekers and unfortunately,many people were hurt or killed following them and I am in no way comparing these men to those that wrote the Bible. I just know that as humans, we long for the word of God and I don’t trust any man to write something that isn’t in their own interest. In saying all of that, it doesn’t lessen my belief and love for my father and no man or woman will ever change that.

          • Craig Miller

            Good news is that those other books don’t stand the test of time that the Bible has. I think that times are growing short and I wonder if God is running out of patience. He has a timetable and with all the craziness that is going on in our world today, is the end near?

          • David Hoffman

            I’ve wondered the very same thing, or is this just the product of the digital age where nothing gets missed. If it’s the latter, this world has some truly messed up people.

  • Rocco Anthony

    Not every animal that we see on earth was on the Ark. DUH…That would be impossible.

    • David Hoffman

      It is impossible, but animals evolving from the animals from the ark isn’t… BTW, nothing is impossible when it comes to our almighty father… Nothing

      • Rocco Anthony

        animals evolving from the animals from the ark isn’t.. That doesn’t make sense to me. Give me an example of this evolving process, please. And yes, I know that nothing is impossible with God.

        • David Hoffman

          Ok, how about ‘2’ well known examples. Dogs evolved from wolves and cats evolved from tigers. Now I’m not exactly sure if dogs or cats existed during the time of the ark, but knowing they did evolve from the other animals, it’s not too far a stretch to think other species of today evolved from other animals on the ark.

          • Rocco Anthony

            I don’t believe in the Pangea theory. The continents were the same back then as they are now. It was not a world wide flood. The flood was only in the area where everyone in the world was living at that time.

          • David Hoffman

            Wow, can’t dispute my examples, so just go to an “I don’t believe? ” Beliefs are based on psychology, a soft science, so what makes your “beliefs” any more right or wrong than someone else’s. Just a suggestion for future conversations, when you ask a question that someone successfully answers, try good job or point. Your answer makes you sound rather childish, so your getting just a little childish response.. lol

          • Rocco Anthony

            David…I know that dogs come from wolves. I was just elaborating on my original comment. You have a different opinion about Noah’s story than I do. So we can just agree to disagree.

          • Rocco Anthony

            There is a debate about this on U Tube, between two Christians. You’ll enjoy it. Peace, brother.

          • David Hoffman

            I appologize if I made you angry, I just have a problem with people dismissing others, or changing the rules when they have no answer or reply to suffice. A far as elaborating on your original comment, I’m not sure exactly what you mean? I have no opinion one way or another about the movie, as I’ve never seen it myself, I just saw a comment that was uneducated at best and replied. BTW, I’m not a “Christian” as I’ve stated in other threads on this article. Again, sorry I made you mad..

  • Craig Miller

    This movie scares me. I worry that many who have never read the Bible will take this as they way it was. God was very much involved and made a promise that he wouldn’t it again through a rainbow. Why would a confirmed atheist make a movie like this but for no other reason than to discredit the Bible? Yes, there is the money making factor, but I don’t buy that as being the primary reason.

    • David Hoffman

      If your worry is for those that have never read the bible, thinking they will take it as gospel, isn’t it also possible that they may go to the Bible to find out exactly what happened, seeing everyone in the movie, including the director, has stated numerous times that they took liberties in the telling of the story. I think it’s very possible that God has used this movie to bring certain people to the Bible that never would have read it if they hadn’t seen the movie. The Lord works in mysterious ways and although we may not understand what he is trying to do, it always works out in the end. Glass half full my friend…

      • Craig Miller

        That is an excellent point.

        • David Hoffman

          I wanted to take a minute and tell you that I’ve enjoyed our discussions and if you ever want to continue our discussions, you can reach me at …… God bless you and your family

          • Craig Miller

            I too have enjoyed our discussion and appreciate your incite. God’s blessings to you and yours also.