Date: 12th May 2006

Hanks defends Da Vinci Code

Tom Hanks has defended his latest film The Da Vinci Code.

Hanks says the film, based on the book by Dan Brown, is just "a good story" that should not be taken too seriously.

The actor told the Evening Standard the film was loaded with "hooey" and "nonsense".

He said: "If you are going to take any sort of movie at face value, particularly a huge-budget motion picture like this, you'd be making a very big mistake."

The film has been criticism by religious leaders and organisations.

Author Brown's book includes a tale that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had children, a secret bloodline that has been covered up by the Catholic Church.

Hanks added: "We always knew there would be a segment of society that would not want this movie to be shown."

Source: Press Release