Relatedly, I've never been a Russell Crowe fan. It's one of those inexplicable prejudices. I can't tell you why, but I just say no to Crowe. I realize that A Beautiful Mind was good... but I was disappointed when I realized it wasn't really a spy flick. Don't get me excited for a spy flick and then hope that I'll be just as excited about math. It's math.
So I don't like Bible flicks and I don't like Crowe. But I'll be the first in line to see Darren Aronofsky's Noah.
Why, you ask? Three words.
Word one: watchers.
Words two and three: Nick Nolte.
I have always been fascinated by the "myth of the Watchers". This is the title given to the creative fiction(s) based on Genesis 6:1-4 that emerged in the Second Temple period. Our fountainhead text reads:
When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose. Then the Lord said, “My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.The lore that developed around this passage shortly before Jesus was born is brilliantly creative. We see elements of watchers mythology in Enochic tradition (cf. Dead Sea Scrolls), Jubilees, 1 Corinthians, 1 Peter, the Targums, etc. And now, the forthcoming film Noah. But even if you take Genesis 6 by itself, it is one of the most bizarre episodes in the Bible. Indeed the Nephalim (or "Fallen Ones"; in the Greek they're called "Giants") are without a doubt the strangest characters in the entire canon.
So I think it is quite appropriate that one of the most bizarre creatures in Hollywood—Nick Nolte—is playing Samyaza, one of these half-human-half-divine hybrids. This film will either be really interesting or unintentionally funny. Either way, count me in.
p.s. Anthony Hopkins is playing Methuselah. I am utterly disheartened that Keith Richards wasn't cast for this part.