Movie displays more of a "critical perspective" Langdon's skepticism: Langdon's skepticism

June 13, 2006

Did the movie version of The Da Vinci Code introduce some skepticism to the part of the Harvard professor played by Tom Hanks so as to soften the novel’s bald claims about church cover-ups concerning Jesus?

Veteran religion writer Richard Ostling of the Associated Press thinks so. He noted some changes in a pivotal theological discussion between the story’s two experts, Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Sir Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen).

When Teabing contends that the churches considered Jesus a mere man and turned him into a divinity in AD 325. “Langdon mildly objects, inserting a critical viewpoint that the novel lacks,” Ostling wrote.

Furthermore, “when Teabing introduces the plot’s central theme about Jesus taking a wife, Langdon responds, ‘This is an old wives’ tale,’ then repeats his doubts,” Ostling said.