Russell Crowe Says Judging Noah Movie Before Seeing It 'Borders On Absolute Stupidity'

Actor Claims those Who See the Movie Will See It Sparks Positive Dialogue
(Photo: Paramount Pictures)Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe star in "Noah."

Russell Crowe has something to say to the critics of his upcoming film, "Noah."

The film adaptation of the biblical story found in Genesis has been dividing opinion in the faith community well before its March 28 release date.

While some have questioned the movie and several Muslim countries have banned it, the film's title character Crowe, 49, said it has the potential to spark positive dialogue.

"You come out of this movie and you want to talk..all the subjects you want to talk about, our stewardship of the earth, our relationship to animals, what is spirituality, who am I in this world," Crowe said in a recent "Good Morning America" appearance. "All these fantastic subjects for conversation. It's a great piece of art."

Still, Crowe is acknowledging that the movie has received its fair share of backlash.

"We've had probably over a year now of very harsh criticism from a bunch of people who have put their name and stamp on an opinion that's not even based on the movie or seeing the movie," he told GMA.

Crowe called making assumptions about a movie before viewing it, "bordering on absolute stupidity..because now people are seeing the movie and they're realizing how respectful it is and how potent it is."

Paramount executives have released a statement for viewers who might be skeptical about the movie.

"The film is inspired by the story of Noah. While artistic license has been taken, we believe that this film is true to the essence, values, and integrity of a story that is a cornerstone of faith for millions of people worldwide," the statement reads. "The biblical story of Noah can be found in the book of Genesis."

Still, Crowe's co-stars like Jennifer Connelly who plays Noah's wife Naameh in the film, say that the film may have the power to turn some naysayers into believers.

"We're now getting feedback from religious leaders who have seen the film and are really embracing it and supporting it," Connelly previously told GMA.