Malaysia bans Russell Crowe movie

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Malaysia joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical epic “Noah” starring Russell Crowe, saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets. Neighboring Indonesia, Egypt and United Arab Emirates banned the film because of scenes that contradict Islam. The film has already angered some Christian institutions in the United States over Crowe’s unconventional portrayal of Noah, an important figure in both Christianity and Islam. Muslims make up 60 percent of multi-ethnic Malaysia’s 30 million population. Malaysia censored other movies on religious grounds in the past, including Brokeback Mountain and The Passion of the Christ.

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