I love this story! Noah director Darren Aronofsky honored his seventh-grade teacher, Vera Fried, at the film’s premiere because he was first inspired to make the epic back at Mark Twain Junior High Sschool when Ms. Fried gave the class an assignment to write about peace.
Aranofsky wrote a poem on Noah’s ark and wound up winning a UN-sponsored contest. Ms. Fried then made him read the poem to the whole school. He apparently still has the poem because he had her read it to a celebrity crowd at the premier.
Fried was amazing but said she didn’t remember Aronofsky when he first contacted her about the film.
“I taught 2,000 kids!” she said. “I Googled him. He wrote in his e-mail, ‘I never became a real writer, just a filmmaker.’ He’s the master of understatement.
THAT is the power of a great teacher!
Noah stars Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson, and Anthony Hopkins. Here’s some trivia about the film before you head out to the theater:
- Before getting financial backing for Noah, the filmmakers adapted the script into a graphic novel. The first volume was released in French in October 2011 under the title Noah: For the Cruelty of Men (Noé: Pour la cruauté des hommes).
- After the creation of the graphic novel, director Darren Aronofsky struck a deal with Paramount and New Regency to produce the feature film with a budget of $130 million.
- The role of Noah was offered to Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender, both of whom declined. Russell Crowe ended up landing it.
- Dakota Fanning was originally cast in the role of Ila, but departed because of a scheduling conflict. That role eventually went to Emma Watson.
- Pope Francis has reportedly given the film the Vatican’s blessing after meeting with Russell Crowe.