May 15, 2009

'Angels & Demons' actor says Dan Brown is a terrible writer

Posted: 09:11 AM ET

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Actor Stellan Skarsgard says he's no big fan of Dan Brown's writing and accepted a role in "Angels & Demons" only after reading the script based on Brown's book.

"I think Dan Brown is a terribly bad writer, but he has cliffhangers after every chapter which makes you continue reading," Skarsgard told Swedish broadcaster SVT.

"It's like eating peanuts at a bar. You don't like them, but you keep on eating them anyway," he said. The Swedish actor, who plays the head of the Pope's Swiss guard in the movie, said director Ron Howard's script was significantly different from the book.

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Terry, TX   May 15th, 2009 9:38 am ET

No he's right ...I wouldn't read the book or see the movie...didn't see the last one.

Nik without a c Kripalani   May 15th, 2009 12:25 pm ET

I know that for a fact they did that with the Harry Potter Series, I have now to wait till July 15 for the sixth installment. I really want to see this movie Angels and Demons! I read the books first it was Angels and Demons then the DA VINCI Code. I saw the first Movie, now it is reversed, it should have been Angels and Demons first and then the other movie. It is in a mixed order. No wonder our reading skills are low. We rank 35 in math and near dead last in Science. Science without Math or Math with out Science is crazy.

READ READ READ the fine print or wear glasses to see it.

San Diego, CA

art   May 15th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

tom hank was great actor and ron howard ,what happen
are they in finincial trouble,are movies loose money
that why made this call movie ,get job with dreamwork
better gig stick monster

Kai   May 15th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

First it was Da Vinci Code, now Angels and Demons. I am just wondering how long Dan Brown will continue changing history facts into fictions? He is a bad writer, a dis-informer of truth, religions, knights templar, freemasons, Assasins and Illuminati. He interprets ancient symbols and codes in a wrong way to suit his ignorance.

The books' publisher and movie makers are just after your money. They are rubbishs. They will try to excite your curiosity, but at the end you will not develop intellectually. They are not Freemasons or Knights Templar, so what the hell are they talking about?

Rose   May 15th, 2009 6:07 pm ET

One positive aspect of the Da Vinci Code is that it caused debate on the origins of some major Christian beliefs. The 4th century Council of Nicea, as noted in the book and movie, established the doctrine of the Trinity – about 300 years after the death of Jesus. The establishment of Christian holidays to replace pagan ones. Same days, new names. The strong influence of the pagan Mithraism (the god-man savior myth) on Christianity (the vatican is built on the site of a Mithraic temple).

The selection of which books would be in the bible and which thrown out – especially if it didn't serve the political purposes of Emperor Constantine at the time – as opposed to by 'divine" inspiration. Many Greco-Roman practices were incorporated for ease of conversion in the empire. The deification of Jesus. The many gospels that denied his deification were discarded. A number were found in the past centuries. Jesus as a man/prophet could not be accepted.

Dan Brown adds a lot of fiction as a writer, but the debate was refreshing, especially for those who take gospel truth as the truth instead of looking at its historical development of selection and omission.

Tom Baldridge   May 15th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

As a student of the history of the Catholic Church and it's relationship with the secular world, I see more than enough truth in Dan Browns book to make the clergy very nervous.

Although the plot of this story may well be total fiction, the over and underlying sub themes surface historical realities that the church would prefer never come to light even in a fictional movie.

Time does not heal all wounds!

Dave of Detroit   May 15th, 2009 7:41 pm ET

There are three kinds of movies-well written, well directed, with great acting, and popular for years and years is one type. The second type features outstanding action scenes, stunts that are unbelievable and leave you in a state of shock and euphoria for hours after it ends-Star Wars would be an an example. Then there is the third kind......
Kind of reminds me of the three classes of athletes-The winners, the whiners, and the Weiners. Now winners can lose but spend every drop of energy and strength that they have and know that they did their best. Whiners are usually athletes of great ability that can win but prefer to cry about every one else being at fault in the loss-not exactly team p[layers. The weiners are the "Hot Dogs" that pull off outstanding plays, enjoy the game immensely, and are generally loved by the fans that they play up to....

KATHY   May 15th, 2009 7:51 pm ET

The Da Vinci Code was definitely anti-Catholic in its substance and content. This is why so many people are so easily misled. Anti-Catholism is prejudice agains a church at the deepest bias in history of the American people. It is the last socially acceptable form of bigotry in the U.S. Now we have the latest edition to this, Demons and Angels. The beauty of the Chuurch, its rituals, sacraments, and traditions can cause those with little knowledge of the sacred to call it a religion of mystery. Most people, including Tom Hanks, do not know the origins of Christianity, so they are easily led by lies from a biased media. However, "Faith is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is that what we hope for is waiting for us. Even though we cannot see it up ahead" (Hebrews 11).

Dave of Detroit   May 15th, 2009 7:54 pm ET

Rose-interesting scholarship. I thought that the concept of the Trinity went back to the jewish word for God-Elohim which is a plural term and each of the Four Gospels was illustrated on ancient stained glass windows in our oldest cathedrals and churches by the Head of a lion for Matthew-which traces the ancestry of Christ back to David, the Lion of Judah, The head of an Ox for Mark-which signifies Christ as the obedient servant of God, the Head of a Man is Luke, the beloved physician who showed that Christ was fully man and traced his ancestry back to Adam who was the Son of God, and finally, the Head of the Eagle-the Gospel of John, the Diety of Christ. He was not a man/prophet, he was a man/God. You would be amazed at the controversy that still exists today on that combination!

A.E. Maynardf   May 15th, 2009 8:50 pm ET

Dear Larry,

Please ask Ron Howard to do the world a real favor and make a series of films about H.P. Blavatski's "Secret Doctrine" Volumes 1 and 2
Thanking you in advance, I am.
Yours truly
A.E. Maynard

doncolecartoons   May 15th, 2009 8:54 pm ET

About the 'Bible Debunker' –the CNN Developing Story:

In all fairness, CNN should let it be shown that renowned scientist and author –former atheist– John Clayton can 'debunk' this debunker, Bart Ehrman, –former fundamentalist. John Clayton has been there, done that! –too, having set out to write a book debunking the Bible. But, who will get all the media attention?

I would be happy to debate and 'debunk' Bart Ehrman, issue by issue, over the internet, over sufficient time. How about it CNN? –Donald Cole, Dover NJ

STEPHEN BAKER   May 15th, 2009 9:16 pm ET


Great books and movies well done.   May 15th, 2009 9:24 pm ET

Both books were great reads, it does take an open mind and intellect to follow the plots, and a great interest in history, when I read them I did a great deal of research and was blown away with how it makes you ask more questions. Dan Brown, is a very talented writer and has an amazing following. Enjoy the plot and the pictures of Rome and the way they tied science and religion. Remember it was not a documentary.


Amjad   May 15th, 2009 9:31 pm ET

Is there going to be another third movie? Is this the new Indiana Jones ?

Kristin   May 15th, 2009 9:33 pm ET

I really love Tom Hanks as an actor. I realized almost every single one of my favorite movies he has stared in. He has an amazing talent to become the character.

Rigoberto Hernandez   May 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

I saw the movie last night at midnight, I loved the way that Ron directed the movie as always Tom was GREAT! as Robert Longdon and I have to say that Ayelet was perfect for Vittoria Vetra (smart and Beautiful)

I cant wait for The Last symbol
Tom are you going to back as Robert Longdon?

great job by the movie   May 15th, 2009 9:34 pm ET

The movie is tighter and more focus than the book. Great movie, I just saw it today.
Non-stop actions and Ron H did a great job in filming without allowing to do most scenes in the churches around Rome.

fisseha   May 15th, 2009 9:36 pm ET

Can I ask if Tom Hanks is a believer in GOD? Is he a christian?

Paula, Nova Scotia   May 15th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Hey Larry...

I was looking forward to seeing Tom jump from the helicopter! What happened? lol

Euel Reed   May 15th, 2009 9:39 pm ET

Great job by all involved, really followed the book. By the way do cops in Italy really drive Alfa Ramos?

Millie   May 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

What is Ron Howard's next project? I've heard rumors about
a potential biographical film. Would love to know more.


judy b   May 15th, 2009 9:41 pm ET

i look forward to the new movie and loved what Hanks and Howard did with the first one....i think about a line in the first book "history is written by the winners" and the ideas in the books make me think "what if"?...what if even some of it is true?...very thought provoking!

Luis Alvarez   May 15th, 2009 9:42 pm ET

Hi, i'm from Venezuela. I just saw the movie and it's awesome! What are the cast thoughts 'bout Ewan McGregor performance? Great film you guys, and Ayelet is beautiful!

Debra T-ofMidwest   May 15th, 2009 9:44 pm ET

If it's a Howard movie; I almost automatically watch it. Throw in Hanks and it is a definite view. Movies such as this are wonderful if only they provoke one to research the actual history of the doctrine and dogma that they believe and follow.

Rhoda Barker   May 15th, 2009 9:45 pm ET

So painful to watch these people appear so self important and try to dupe us into believing they are soooooooo humble.

When Real controversy is developing this weekend at Notre Shame
Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and the not so attractive woman
appear as real losers.

Harlan Melton   May 15th, 2009 9:47 pm ET

Mr. Gump was full of love and MR. Langdon full of intellect, what type of mask will this wonderful magician be wearing next ???

Sharon   May 15th, 2009 9:49 pm ET

TOM and RON; I loved DeVinci Code; it was well done and I know Angels and Demons will be superb. I look forward to seeing it this weekend. A heads up about another book that will make a great movie: RED WELLS writen by Sharon Wells Wagner. Superb! Please don't miss it! Its the story of a poor boy coming off the depression who enlists in the Army in WWII and ends up in special forces. A must read! Simply written, superbly told!

Sara   May 15th, 2009 9:55 pm ET

What can you tell us about the upcoming Arrested Development movie?

Mariana   May 15th, 2009 9:58 pm ET

I would love to know if Larry King would be as excited to watch a newly released Ron Howard/Tom Hanks movie if it were anticipated to be a "fiction" anti-Jewish, or anti-Muslim film? Somehow I doubt it, but I also doubt we will ever find out since anti-Catholicism/anti-Christianity are the only politically correct/accepted forms of prejudice in the USA today.

Sylvia   May 15th, 2009 10:06 pm ET

I am a recovering catholic who suffered for years with feelings of guilt and fear. Never , ever remember anything about love so I welcome any book or movie which exposes truths about this religion which hasn't changed in 2 centuries and which caused me so much pain. I will definitely see the movie. Oh by the way catholics which part of the sky do you find heaven????? give me a break!!!!!!!!!!

noel macdonald   May 15th, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Admitting the movie is fiction doesn't negate the offence. We can't keep ours kids home while it's running in the theaters.
Members of any faith would be offended to have lies about their church used as entertainment......remember Solomon Rushdie? I don't think they'd make a movie based on his infamous book .

loretta yates   May 16th, 2009 12:33 am ET

Do you worry about what will happen to you all in the after life when you get there....if you mess up the real message?

Lynn Bluny   May 16th, 2009 12:37 am ET

My question: How hard is it to film this movie with all the tourist. We were there and the crowds were crazy We couldn't get enough Saw you both and that was a highlight of our trip From fountain Hills, Lynn Blunt we will be seeing the movie with our group that was in Italy during the filming

JC   May 16th, 2009 12:40 am ET

I dont understand what the fuss was about- this is a great movie. It puts people's faith under a microscope without judging it, and I think everyone on this planet could do with a little more soul searching. I think both Mr. Hanks and Mr. Howard provided everyone a respite from the cruelty of reality. Thank you a thousand times!!!

Robyn   May 16th, 2009 12:41 am ET

Hello! I'm in Michigan and tonight my husband and I went to see Angels and Demons. I have read both books, the DaVinci Code and Angles and Demons and I loved them both. I have to say that this movie is fantastic and we loved every minute of it. Ron Howard did a fantastic job with directing this movie, as always, and the movie really hit is big with me because of the wonderful, stong array of actors he has assembled. Tom Hanks has always been one of my favorite actors and I truely believe that no movie can go wrong with him in it but, when casting these movies I think that Tom embodied the character of Robert Langdon. While reading the books I always thought that Tom would be the best person for this character. Great job fellas and you all should be very proud of the great job ou all did in getting this movie made! Thanks for a wonderful night out!

Purple Spider   May 16th, 2009 3:11 am ET

Another Ron Howard/Tom Hanks movie – why not? The DaVinci code might have been considered untrue in church doctrine, but it was fascinating and held my attention, because I was curious. I found parts of DaVinci that could have paralleled with ancient history , particulary the formation of the Masons. l am looking forward to the newest movie "Angels and Demons".

Azhar   May 16th, 2009 3:35 am ET

Saw the movie last night, its a VERY VERY GREAT movie, I hear it followed the book very well. I recommend everyone to go see it, very interesting plot.

Christopher   May 16th, 2009 3:37 am ET

I have 3 issues with today's installment regarding Angel's and Demon:
1. Where was the dialogue and debate? It was either all one-sided spin, or simplistic throw-away treatment of opposing views. Why wasn't there a Catholic apologist or historian on the show to challenge views presented as unchallengeable?
2. The film makers kept stressing the film is fiction. Yes, but positioned by them and the PR machine as being grounded in reality. Why did Larry not pose the question, "How could a movie that incorporates 'fringe theories on the Internet' (Howard's comment) be given so much serious consideration by the media and critics,
and yet, for example, a movie like The Passion could be the object of so much criticism and diatribe for its honest depiction of an account written in one of the greatest literary works of mankind?" Why did Larry not explore the hypocricy in the media?
3. The film maker refers to their film as "goo". The comment comes across as ingenuine, for how could they profit from all this controversy (and they are) if the film were mere "goo"? Why did Larry not challenge them to postulate what would be happening if they had made a similar movie set in the context of Islam, for example?
I have enjoyed

Carl Mikael   May 16th, 2009 5:36 am ET

Hi. Did the Vatican have anything to say about the making of the film?
Did you have any contact with them?


Jamie Hammonds   May 16th, 2009 5:46 am ET

I wanted to comment on the Ron Howard film. If you really want to stir up controversy in the Catholic Church download The National Sunday Law and read it. It would make a great film.

Heather   May 16th, 2009 5:57 am ET

Well done Mr Howard and the entire cast and crew. Taking my eyes from the screen was as difficult as putting Dan Brown's book down.
Very exciting, needed to catch the second show because the first one sold out. Then standing at the door waiting to enter, the line stretched along the corridor wrapped around to where the beginning and the end met. I have not put myself in such a line up since I was little in line for Star Wars I. Thank You, I was hoping for a movie as soon as I read the book. Looking forward to DVD release with any special features that may be included.

Michael Vaccaro   May 16th, 2009 6:05 am ET

I grew up with movies by and with Ron Howard and I always thought He represented most americans. Truth and courage are a part of our heritage as Americans. In God we trust.
This movie is full of lies and all the atributes of cowards. Liars and cowards fit together. They are best friends.
Christianity is the opposite of what these cowards and liars are trying to present in this awful movie.
I wonder why Ron Howard does not produce a similar film about Islam or any other religion.

Heather   May 16th, 2009 6:11 am ET

Just reading over some of the other comments. I have Another Comment. I read works of fiction for entertainment, I go to movies to be entertained. If I wanted the truth I would have stayed home and read the bible.

AZWolfman   May 16th, 2009 7:00 am ET

For all you here that think the Cathlic church is taking a hit it is and should. If you only knew the truth of your religion you would drop it in a flash.

Questions. Why is the 10 commandments changed to fit the Cathlic religion rather than keeping it orignal as in the Bible ? Why is it that they glorify Mother Mary and yet degrade Christ Jesus ? Why does the Pope hold a BENT CROSS in his hand at times ? Why is there an upside=down cross on the Popes chair ?

Why is it that they didn't want scenes for this movie shot at some of their church locations ? Could it be that you might have seen the upside down cross over the door of the church or the satanic symbolism from within. Funny how one can go and look at these places and think how beautiful they are only because they think it is a place of God. Little do they know it is a place of a god but that god is Satan.

Not to worry much though because most are being led away from God's truth in nearly all church's are a part of this as Satan works at getting in to them all. One thing to keep in mind. The Cathlic Church is the "Mother Of All Church's" Do yourselves a favor and search the symbolism within your churchs.

Morman's you need to look in to your church also. Look at the Church in Utah and the symbolism on it. Check out who the founder of your church is.

Johovah Wittness look at your magazines and the hidden Satanism in the pictures. Do this in the older issues as they got exposed and are not doing it any longer in the new issues. Hint, look at the peoples feet as they are good at hiding a goats foot on one of them. Look at the trees and shrubs for satonic symbols. Look in the hair, shadows and on the walls. It's there and when you see this stuff ask yourselves what god are they worshiping.

As I said; Satan is at work in all church's to lead us away from the truth of the true God and it is up to us all to help rid this Devil from the house of Gods word.

By the way these church's are mast founded by Mason's who are one in the same a the Illuminati. To think that this movie is all fiction would be a mistake.

God Bless Us All !

Terry, TX   May 16th, 2009 8:46 am ET

You know it's amazing how many people no longer look at Ron Howard and Tom Hank movies. I wonder why?

Gail, New York   May 16th, 2009 7:38 pm ET

Hello Larry,

I agree with you 100% that Tom Hanks looks a great deal like the late William Holden in this movie. Are you indeed the only interviewer who remembers William Holden? How sad. Perhaps the next time you speak with Tom Hanks and Ron Howard, can you pursuade them to do a film on Holden's life?

Rose   May 19th, 2009 3:15 pm ET

Dave: The Trinity was never a Jewish concept. In fact, Judaism is staunchly monotheistic with no variance on this point. The doctrine of the Trinity is not found in the bible. The Christians of the first 3 centuries had no explicit trinitarian doctrine – until Constantine's incorporation of pagan concepts through Greek Platonic thought into Christianity.

The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge plainly documents the historical influence that Greek philosophy had on the development of the Trinity: "The doctrine of the Logos and the Trinity received their shape from Greek fathers, who were much influenced by the Platonic philosophy". The New Catholic Encylopedia (vol 10)admits that from the 4th century onward, Christian thought was strongly influenced by Neo-platonic philosophy.

The Trinity idea was borrowed from heathen religions. There are numerous examples of the trinity god-head in pagan religions. This is a huge subject that cannot be dealt with here. A few examples are noted. The 1st in all of the below is the Father/king, the 2nd is the Son/prince, the 3rd is the Mother/queen:

Triad of Babylon: Nimrod, Tammuz & Simerimas
Triad of Egypt: Oriris, Horus & Isis
Triad of Greece: Zeus, Apollo & Athena
Triad of India: Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva
Triad of Rome: Jupiter, Mars & Venus
Triad of Roman Catholicism: Father, Son & Holy Spirit/Holy Mother

Mithras was a pre-Christian man-god (part human, part divine, yet both), born of a virgin on December 25th, hanged on a tree – often depicted on a cross, died for the sins of mankind, rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. All of this thousands of years "before" Jesus. Egyptian mythology is filled with this as well. The religion we have now was based on a number of social and political decisions made in the 4th century. Had the decisions been different, the belief system now would be different. It is due to history, not God.

Michael Vaccaro   May 19th, 2009 4:34 pm ET

Like all persons who make up stories, you are quoting theories and myths and saying they are facts. Here is what one can read about the theory of your Mithras and I say your Mithras, because you have written all of your arguments to Dave out of your own imagination.

"Some authors have drawn parallels between the circumstances of Mithras' and Jesus' birth: Joseph Campbell described it as a virgin birth[30],[31] This theory is in contradiction to the traditional understanding of Mithras' birth. In Mithraic Studies it stated that Mithras was born as an adult from solid rock, "wearing his Phrygian cap, issues forth from the rocky mass."

A fairytale, just like your statements

You try to come across as well read, but your arguments are based on your own thoughts. Try to stick to the facts and do your research. Maybe then you won't get an F in history.

Rose   May 19th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

Michael: If you can't see the parallels between Christianity and paganism – written by far more qualified scholars – citing their well researched sources – then you have missed something very glaring. There are a number of accounts about Mithras. The point is that the Jesus man-god story is based on a composite of pagan myths. I wish I had the imagination to make up fairytales, but I am not that talented. I also didn't make up the parallels in the Triads in other religions.

If you read further about Mithraism it is states that Mithraism had 7 sacraments the same as the Catholic Church, baptism and communion with bread and water. The Eucharist hosts were signed with a cross, an ancient phallic symbol which originated in Egypt (similar to the ankh). Mithras is not the only basis of Christianity. There are many other sources – all pagan.

As I am such as extremely poor student, subject to a wild imagination – I suggest you read on the volumes of writings about Constantine's fusion of Mithraism and Christianity – written by those who didn't get an F in history.

Rose   May 19th, 2009 5:15 pm ET

Adam & Eve lived in a garden with a talking snake. Noah put 2 of every animal on his ark (just like Gilgamesh) including a T-rex. A burning bush that also talks. A sea that parted. A dead person rising – and the earth is 6000 years old. Of course, there is nothing made up from imagination about these stories. File under: Fact not Fiction.

Rose   May 19th, 2009 5:37 pm ET

I don't recall using insulting language when I responded to Dave – who wrote in a civil manner. Yet some defenders of Christ are the first ones to use pejorative wording when responding to anything they disagree with. It's as though they have to offend to make their point, insinuating the other person's intent and how they want to "come across" – as opposed to a dialogue with respectful disagreement. That says a lot right there.

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