American cultural icon Tom Hanks can’t help but smilingly reminisce about the evening of his 40th birthday on The Da Vinci Code set when he changed his pants in front of the Mona Lisa.
Hanks revealed that one of the most memorable moments from his trip to Paris was at the Louvre museum, which compensated for the disappointing elements of the film later on.
“It was my 40th-something birthday. We were shooting in the Louvre at night. I changed my pants in front of the Mona Lisa!” Hanks told The New York Times. “They brought me a birthday cake in the Grand Salon! Who gets to have that experience? Any cynicism there? Hell no!”
The veteran actor has cherished the production memories, although he was disappointed by this franchise.
Hanks revealed that he thinks of the 2006 adaptation of the mystery thriller novel by Dan Brown and its two follow-up movies, 2009’s Angels and Demons and 2016’s Inferno, as “hooey” and a “commercial enterprise.”
The movies where Tom Hanks plays Robert Langdon, an art history and symbology professor who becomes caught up in a series of circumstantial mysteries, were slammed by critics, earning Hanks the worst reviews of his career.
“God, that was a commercial enterprise,” Hanks stated. “Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey. The Da Vinci Code was “hooey.”
The star referred to the movies as “delightful scavenge hunts that are about as accurate to history as the James Bond movies are to espionage.”
“I mean, Dan Brown, God bless him, says, ‘Here is a sculpture in a place in Paris! No, it’s way over there. See how a cross is formed on a map? Well, it’s sort of a cross,'” Hanks continued. “But they’re as cynical as a crossword puzzle. All we were doing is promising a diversion.”
He said that although he didn’t rule out any more commercial projects during the third installment of this franchise, he could no longer defend it.
“There’s nothing wrong with good commerce, provided it is good commerce,” he further said. “By the time we made the third, we proved that it wasn’t such a good commerce.”
A few good reviews did not make up for the nasty comments from audiences, but it gained more than $1.5 billion globally.