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Tom Hanks has quite the filmography but when he looks back at all his movies, there’s one franchise of his he doesn’t love.
The two-time Academy Award winner said in a new interview that he’s “not a cynic” when it comes to his body of work but when asked if he considered it cynical to make two sequels to 2006’s The Da Vinci Code, he changed his tune.
“God, that was a commercial enterprise,” he told The New York Times.
“Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey,” he added, referring to his character. “The Da Vinci Code was hooey.”
He continued, “(Author) 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 then likened the books on which the film series is based to 007.
“Those are delightful scavenger hunts that are about as accurate to history as the James Bond movies are to espionage,” he said. “But they’re as cynical as a crossword puzzle. All we were doing is promising a diversion.”