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Will Ron Howard change the color of evil?

Will Ron Howard and “The Da Vinci Code” vilify the pigmentally-challenged? By Jeannette Walls
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Will Ron Howard and “The Da Vinci Code” vilify the pigmentally-challenged?

In the monumentally best-selling novel, the evil monk Silas is an albino, and now that Ron Howard is turning the book into a movie, groups representing people with the pigmentation disorder are pleading with the Academy Award-winning director not to make the monk an albino. The National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation has been writing Howard and his company, Imagine Films, with their pleas since February 2004, but say that so far he hasn’t responded.

“Ron Howard and Imagine can make a big difference for people with albinism  . . . if they adjust the Silas character to not be an evil albino,” according NOAH president Mike McGowan, who adds that movie-makers’ penchant for continually depicting albinos and bad guys “does real harm to real people.”

“To keep that character with albinism perpetrates a stereotype that is pretty tired,” Dermatologist to the stars Vail Reese tells the Scoop. “It’s something you would expect from a B-movie, but not something I would expect from an Academy Award-winning director like Ron Howard.”

Howard’s rep didn’t return calls for comment.

Not so crazy after all

DUBLIN - JANUARY 6: Angelina Jolie and Val Kilmer arrive at the Irish Premiere of \"Alexander\" at the Savoy Cinema on January 6, 2005 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Julien Behal/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Angelina Jolie;Val KilmerJulien Behal / Getty Images Europe

Here’s one small reason that the budget for “Alexander” was so high: Val Kilmer kept flubbing his lines so that he could spend more time shooting scenes with mega-babe Angelina Jolie. The Oliver Stone flick, which is estimated to have cost more than $150 million to make, has been a critical and box office flop.

“My role consisted mostly of sharing a bed with Angelina Jolie and throwing her around in it, which is about as much fun as it is possible for a man to have,” Kilmer said, reports Sky News. “Don’t tell her or Oliver Stone this, but when we were doing the really sexy bits, I kept messing up my lines on purpose. I would get right to the end of the scene and then mess up the last bit so we would have to do it again. I spent four months doing that all day and someone paid me millions of dollars for the pleasure.”

** FILE ** Sir Paul McCartney performs at Dvortsovaya (Palace) Square in downtown St. Petersburg, Russia, in this June 20, 2004 file photo. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky, File)Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

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