American cultural icon Tom Hanks is reminiscing about his role in The Da Vinci Code, happily recalling the evening of his 40th birthday on set, when he changed his pants before the Mona Lisa painting.
Hanks divulged that the unforgettable moment at the Louvre museum in Paris compensated for the huge disappointment the show later proved to be.
“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 65-year-old veteran actor has cherished the production memories, although he was disappointed by the 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 Hanks plays Robert Langdon, an art history and symbology professor, were harshly criticized by critics – giving Hanks a few of the most terrible 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 described 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 added that although he didn’t rule out any more commercial projects during the franchise’s third installment, he could no longer defend the series.
“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.