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Tom Hanks SLAMS his Da Vinci Code movies and admits he only did for the money

Tom Hanks admitted that his popular Da Vinci Code trilogy was ‘hooey’, in a new interview with the New York Timesbut doesn’t regret collecting his paycheck for playing Robert Langdon.

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The 65-year-old acting treasure revealed that he signed on to the film franchise, based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novels, as a ‘commercial enterprise.’

Hanks did not hold back his negative opinions about the popcorn stories and dubbed them ‘delightful scavenger hunts that are about as accurate to history as the James Bond movies are to espionage.’

No mystery here: Tom Hanks admitted that his popular Da Vinci Code trilogy was 'hooey', in a new interview with the New York Times , but doesn't regret collecting his paycheck for playing Robert Langdon

No mystery here: Tom Hanks admitted that his popular Da Vinci Code trilogy was ‘hooey’, in a new interview with the New York Times , but doesn’t regret collecting his paycheck for playing Robert Langdon

‘God, that was a commercial enterprise,’ Hanks reflected. ‘Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey. The Da Vinci Code was hooey.’

Hanks headlined all three films in the Robert Langdon series, The Da Vinci Code in 2006, Angels & Demons in 2009 and Inferno in 2016. All three mystery-thrillers were directed by Hollywood icon Ron Howard.

‘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,” ‘ Tom mused about the author of the novels the film series was based on.

The films all follow Harvard professor Robert Langdon – an expert in art, icons and religious symbols – who is tapped to put his prodigious skills to use for international investigators trying to solve complicated murders.

'God, that was a commercial enterprise,' Hanks reflected.  'Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey.  The Da Vinci Code was hooey.'

‘God, that was a commercial enterprise,’ Hanks reflected. ‘Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey. The Da Vinci Code was hooey.’

The books became immediate best-sellers but the films were panned by most critics and Hanks admitted he took on the starring role – which earned him an estimated $20-25million dollars each – for ‘good commerce.’

‘There’s nothing wrong with good commerce, provided it is good commerce,’ Tom told NYT. ‘By the time we made the third [film, Inferno]we proved that it wasn’t such good commerce.’

Despite knowing the flicks are arguably bad films, the A League of Their Own star said he had no regrets because filming the series was an opportunity of a lifetime.

‘Let me tell you something else about The Da Vinci Code,’ Hanks added. ‘It was my 40th-something birthday.

'I mean, Dan Brown, God bless him, says,

‘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,” ‘ Tom mused about the author of the novels the film series was based on.

‘We were shooting in the Louvre at night. I changed my pants in front of the Mona Lisa! They brought me a birthday cake in the Grand Salon! Who gets to have that experience? Any cynicism there? Hell no!’

At the time, the Da Vinci Code upset Catholic leaders throughout the world when it was released in 2006 for suggesting that Jesus was a married father when he died.

However the controversy didn’t harm its takings – the film took over $200million at the US box office alone.

While filming Angels & Demons in Italy, Hanks and Howard attracted opposition again and were forbidden from filming in two Roman churches by Rome’s diocese.

Star: Hanks headlined all three films in the Robert Langdon series, The Da Vinci Code in 2006, Angels & Demons in 2009 and Inferno in 2016. All three mystery-thrillers were directed by Hollywood icon Ron Howard

Star: Hanks headlined all three films in the Robert Langdon series, The Da Vinci Code in 2006, Angels & Demons in 2009 and Inferno in 2016. All three mystery-thrillers were directed by Hollywood icon Ron Howard

Currently, Hanks is on a press tour for his latest role in the new biopic about the life of Elvis Presley, Elvis, directed by Baz Luhrmann.

The film follows Elvis from his childhood poverty through his emergence as a global superstar before his untimely death at the age of just 42 in 1977.

It stars Tom as Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, who was infamous for cheating the music icon out of a fair share of royalties for his songs.

Icon: Currently, Hanks is on a press tour for his latest role in the new biopic about the life of Elvis Presley, Elvis, directed by Baz Luhrmann

Icon: Currently, Hanks is on a press tour for his latest role in the new biopic about the life of Elvis Presley, Elvis, directed by Baz Luhrmann

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