Noah Movie

Interpreting Noah For The 21st Century

Neuroscientist-turned-filmmaker Ari Handel talks about making "Noah" and rooming with a big-shot director.

04/01/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Ari Handel, a neuroscientist whose career path ultimately took him to Hollywood, is the co-writer, with director Darren Aronofsky, of “Noah,” which opened last week. (It was the top-grossing film last weekend, with a haul of $44 million.) Handel was the executive producer of “The Wrestler,” “Black Swan,” and “The Fountain,” which he also wrote. Handel and Aronofsky, it turns out, were suitemates at Harvard. In a phone interview, Handel spoke about the challenges in making the film, which he also produced, and the critics who say the film strays too much from the Bible. This is an edited transcript.

Ari Handel: “There is biblical evidence about the need to protect the land.” Courtesy of Paramount Pictures

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Ari Handel on set. Courtesy of Paramount Pictures
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