And Russell Crowe said last year that the title character, played by him, is “not benevolent. He’s not even nice.”
But what does that phrase even mean?
Let’s start with Aronofsky’s quote.
In context, it’s clear that he was talking not necessarily about Christian perceptions of Noah, but about the general perception of Noah that everyone has grown up with — everyone, that is, who has ever stepped inside a preschool or nursery where the walls are decorated with images of a man and a boat and lots of smiling animals.