“It was a commercial enterprise”

Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code

Simon Mein/Columbia/Kobal/Shutterstock Tom Hanks in The “Da Vinci Code” (2006)

tom hank look back The “Da Vinci Code” as “delightful treasure hunts that are about as story-accurate as James Bond films are for espionage”.

In a new interview with The New York Timesreleased on Friday, the 65-year-old Academy Award the winner said he was ‘not cynical’ when talking about the story and his career – but when asked if he considered it cynical to do two sequels to 2006 The “Da Vinci Code”he added: “God, it was a business venture. Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey. The “Da Vinci Code” was hooey.”

“I mean, Dan Brown, God bless him, said: “Here is a sculpture in a place in Paris! No, it’s fine there. See how a cross forms on a map? Well it is to sort with a cross,” Hanks continued.

Of the books the film series is based on, Hanks said, “These are delightful treasure hunts that are about as true to history as the james bond movies are about espionage.”

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Audrey Tautou, Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code

Audrey Tautou, Tom Hanks The Da Vinci Code

Simon Mein/Columbia/Kobal/Shutterstock Audrey Tautou and Tom Hanks in The “Da Vinci Code” (2006)

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“But they’re as cynical as a crossword puzzle,” Hanks continued. “All we were doing was promising a diversion.”

And although he thinks “There’s nothing wrong with making a good trade, as long as it’s a good trade,” Hanks added, “By the time we made the third [film, Inferno]we’ve proven that it’s not such a good trade.”

In the end, he does not complain about having been part of the Ron Howard-directed a mystery thriller trilogy, which grossed nearly $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office.

“Let me tell you something else about The “Da Vinci Code”“, said Hanks. “It was my 40th birthday. We were filming at the Louvre at night. I changed my pants in front of the Mona Lisa! They brought me a birthday cake in the Grand Salon! Who gets to have this experience? Is there cynicism? Surely not!”

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Next on Hanks’ radar? Elvisin which he plays Colonel Parker, the manager of Elvis Presley (played by Austin Butler). The Baz Luhrmann-the helming drama is set to hit theaters on June 24.

Disney also recently released the first trailer for the next reinvent the live action of Pinocchioinspired by the 1940 animated classic.

In the film, Hanks plays Geppetto, the woodcarver who creates and cares for Pinocchio (played here by Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Miles from netflixit is The Haunting of Bly Manor).

Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) directed the film, which also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as wise mentor and “conscience” Jiminy Cricket, Cynthia Erivo like the blue fairy, Key Keegan-Michael as “Honest” John and Luke Evans like the bad coachman. Lorraine Bracco plays a new character, Sofia the Seagull.

Andrea G. Henderson