Noah Premiere: Crowe Condemns Climate Critics
Russell Crowe has said it would be "irresponsible" not to acknowledge global warming as real as his new film Noah got its first showing in London.
Leicester Square was awash with stars on Monday evening as the biblical epic had its premiere.
Cast members including Russell Crowe, Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly and Ray Winstone walked the red carpet.
Crowe's friend and Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman even made an appearance.
Directed and co-written by Oscar-winning film-maker Darren Aronofsky, Noah takes on one of the best-known biblical tales.
It depicts Noah building an ark to save all the animals from a flood sent by God to destroy mankind after people turned the world into chaos.
The film has been met with considerable criticism from religious groups who view it as blasphemous. It has also been banned in several countries.
Nevertheless, it took $44m (£26m) in its opening weekend in the US.
Speaking to Sky News, Crowe hit out at critics who condemned the film while it was still in production.
"It just seems to me to be very odd to put out an opinion and put your stamp on something which is ultimately your imagination without you actually seeing what you are complaining about.
"Now that people are seeing the film, the balance is coming back the other way."
Crowe also addressed the film's much-discussed environmental message.
The actor said: "It is an undeniable thing that we have changed the planet.
"There is a lot of damage involved, and if you don't want to admit to that damage, if you don't want to see climate change as a real thing, then I think that's being a little irresponsible."
Noah opens on Friday.
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