Vatican Bans Tom Hanks from Filming in Churches

Vatican Bans Tom Hanks from Filming in Churches
Tom Hanks on the movie set in Rome
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06/17/2008 09:15AM

The Vatican has a clear message to Tom Hanks and his costars in the new Da Vinci Code movie: "Keep out."

The diocese of Rome has banned Angels and Demons from filming inside its churches because the movie "does not conform to our views," says spokesman Monsignor Marco Fibbi.

Angels and Demons is a prequel to 2006's Da Vinci Code – also starring Hanks and also based on a Dan Brown best-seller – which controversially claimed that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had children.

Producers had requested – and were denied – permission to shoot in two of Rome's historic churches, Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria, Reuters reports.

"It's a film that treats religious issues in a way that contrasts with common religious sentiment," Fibbi told the wire service. "Normally we read the script but this time it was not necessary. The name Dan Brown was enough."

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