Tom Hanks Recalls Changing in Front of the Mona Lisa in The Da Vinci Code Set

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The Da Vinci Code was a memorable film for Hollywood star Tom Hanks, who reminisces about his moments on set during his 40th birthday when he changed his pants in front of the Mona Lisa. 

Hanks revealed that one moment at the Louvre Museum in Paris made up for their big disappointments with this show.

“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!” 

Although he was disappointed by the franchise, the veteran actor still cherished his production memories.

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 critics were not kind to Tom Hanks about his performance in these movies – they gave him some of the worst 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.” 

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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 said that although he didn’t rule out any more commercial projects during the third installment of this franchise, he could no longer defend it.

“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.

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