Cannes briefs: Jesus goes straight, Love and celluloid, Hanks waxes hot

CANNES, France, May 17, 2006 (AFP) – Snips from the Cannes film festival, which kicked off Wednesday: Jesus Christ going straight in “Da Vinci Code”

British actor and gay activist Ian McKellen took a swipe at the controversy surrounding “The Da Vinci Code” saying he thought the Catholic Church would have been happy about it as it proved Jesus Christ was not homosexual.

Controversy has swirled around the book’s central idea that Jesus has direct descendants alive today after he fathered a child by Mary Magdelene.

“I know the Catholic Church has problems with gay people and I thought this would be absolute proof that Jesus was not gay,” McKellen added, getting the biggest laugh of the day.

Movies in the mirror

It was an unusual metaphor, but somehow the Cannes jury president, Hong Kong Chinese director Wong Kar Wai, got his point across when asked in a media conference how he saw the panel doing its job over the 12-day festival.

He said he wanted the process to be “as clear as a mirror… it’s subjective, but like all mirrors, sometimes it’s distorted.”

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