So, as we’re all well aware, the Catholic League and the Vatican are not big fans of Dan Brown for writing The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, and by extension, Ron Howard for making movies of Dan Brown’s books. Seems those folks take offense when anyone raises doubts or even questions about their dogma. So when Howard was banned from filming in the Vatican for the latest adventure of Noted Symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks), he had to find a way around it. According to special effects director Ryan Cook, he sent a team of “fake tourists” into the Vatican itself over a two-week period to amass more than 250,000 photographs and hours of video footage of the place that were then used to create accurate sets back home in Los Angeles, thus thwarting the petulant ban. Howard himself gave a wink to this. “We didn’t shoot at the Vatican … officially,” he said. “But cameras can be made really small.” That’s clever work, Opie Cunningham!
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