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Darren Aronofsky Opens Up About 'Noah' Controversy, Plus First Clip & International TV Spot Rain Down

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! March 10, 2014 at 4:16PM

Darren Aronofsky is no stranger to controversy. In the latest issue of The New Yorker, the director opens up about his struggles to wrest final cut of "Noah" from Paramount. Highlights here, plus watch the first official clip from the film starring Russell Crowe, and an international TV spot.
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Russell Crowe as 'Noah'
Russell Crowe as 'Noah'

Darren Aronofsky is no stranger to controversy. Since production began in Summer 2012, misfortune and behind-the-scenes skirmishes with Paramount over final cut have plagued his Biblical epic "Noah" -- including the eerily apropos deluge of Hurricane Sandy that halted production in Fall 2012. But finally, blows were dealt and Aronofsky got his way. The version of the $130-million would-be tentpole hitting theaters on March 28 will be his preferred 132-minute cut. With one small change. 

In an effort to curb further controversy and reach the widest possible audience, Paramount has tacked a religious disclaimer onto its marketing materials that reads "This film has been inspired by the story of Noah." Meaning that Aronofsky has taken more than a few liberties in his telling of the tale. How could we expect anything less from the director of "Requiem for a Dream" and "Black Swan"? When I think Aronofsky, The Book of Genesis doesn't exactly come to mind. But he's ready to flex his muscles with the big guys.

In the latest issue of The New Yorker, Aronofsky candidly opens up to Tad Friend about his struggle to wrest final cut from Paramount, and how he became the studio's enfant terrible. "I don’t give a fuck about the test scores! My films are outside the scores. Ten men in a room trying to come up with their favorite ice cream are going to agree on vanilla. I’m the Rocky Road guy."

But for Aronofsky, even though "the process sucked," the light is winning. He tells Friend: "I don't know if you can find another over-a-hundred-million-dollar movie that didn't have reshoots. And, at this point, Paramount ninety-eight-percent supports everything I want in the movie. So I live and die by this version, and take full responsibility."

The trailer is here. Watch the first official clip, and an extended international TV spot, below.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.