AceShowbiz - As "Noah" sails to U.S. theaters this weekend, Darren Aronofsky's former teacher, Vera Fried, says his idea for the biblical pic dates all the way back to 1982 when the director was just in the seventh grade. He wrote a poem about his own version of the epic story for a class assignment she gave, and it won a United Nations poetry competition.
Three decades later, the "Black Swan" director contacted Fried to thank her for inspiring him to become a writer. "I didn't hear from him for 33 years, and then he sent me the unpunctuated email," she told Variety, recalling that the young Aronofsky used to punctuate perfectly.
Aronofsky gave her a cameo role in the movie and invited her to the movie's premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York. He called her to the podium, handed her the old poem, and asked her to read it out loud in front of Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and other A-list guests. "I was crying," she said. "If he has some of his other papers, I'd take them."
Despite facing controversies from religious communities, "Noah" gets off to a good start. In North America, it grossed $1.6 million on its opening Thursday night, surpassing the $1.1 million cume of last week's Christian pic "Son of God" and the $1.4 million collected by "Gravity" on Thursday night last year. While "Son of God" finished its first weekend with $25.6 million, "Noah" is expected to reach a triumphant $40 million.
Overseas, "Noah" collected an estimated $2.6 million in Russia alone on Thursday. Overall, it has raked in $22 million from four locations, Mexico, South Korea, Australia, and Russia. The movie will expand to wider market by Friday.
Evil was in the world
The rain continued through the night
When the rainbows reached throughout the sky
He knew evil would not be kept away