Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic "Noah," joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet.
Film censors in both countries said Monday that the portrayal of the ark-building prophet by Russell Crowe was against Islamic laws. Depictions of any prophet are shunned in Islam to avoid worship of a person rather than God.
The chairman of Malaysia\’s Film Censorship Board, Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid, said in a statement Monday that the movie could not be shown in the country because Islam prevents the visual depiction of any prophet.
Noah is an important figure in Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
Some Christian organizations in the U.S. have also been angered by the film, saying the plot strays too far from the biblical portrayal of Noah.