Because kissing scene was shot multiple times, Emma Watson was left with bleeding lips, while Douglas Booth was nursing a sore nose and swollen mouth.
Paramount Pictures were very worried about how Noah (2014) and its religious theme would be treated properly, so they screen tested three different rough cuts of the film, both without the approval and knowledge of Darren Aronofsky and all of the versions met with resounding criticism from Christian audiences. It has, since then, led to countless controversy and debacle on its correspondence to the biblical text found in the Book of Genesis. Aronofsky said that he was very unhappy with Paramount testing alternate versions of Noah that were not 'true to his vision': "I was upset - of course. No one has ever done that to me. I imagine if I made comedies and horror films, it would be helpful. In dramas, it's very, very hard to do. I've never been open to it. I don't believe that." After much discussion and compromise, the studio announced on February 12 that Darren Aronofsky's version, not any of the studio's alternate versions, will be the final cut of Noah. "They tried what they wanted to try, and eventually they came back. My version of the film hasn't been tested... It's what we wrote and what was greenlighted," Aronofsky said. It will not be test screened until post production is finished, as per Aronofsky's wishes.
According to Emma Watson, the film has an ambiguous setting: "It could be set in any time. It could be set sort of like a thousand years in the future or a thousand years in the past... You shouldn't be able to place it too much."
Not once in the film do any of the characters refer to God as anything other than "the Creator."
Saoirse Ronan, Bella Heathcote and Dakota Fanning were considered to play Ila. Although Heathcote made a very strong impression on her audition, Fanning was the director's first choice. Fanning tried to work out her schedule but in the end couldn't do it because she was filming another movie at the time. Emma Watson was cast in the end.
Although most artistic representations of Noah's ark depict it as a rounded boat many historians claim the ark was actually box-shaped as the ark appears in the film. The Hebrew word translated 'ark' literally means 'chest', and there is no mention of a bow or any structure like that. As the ark was simply designed to float, any such addition would be pointless.
Mark Margolis, as of 2014, has appeared in all Darren Aronofsky's films.
According to Darren Aronofsky, the animals seen in the film are "slightly tweaked designs of real existing animals." No real animals were used in production at all.
Darren Aronofsky brought in frequent collaborator Ari Handel and Canadian artist Niko Henrichon to adapt the script into a 2011 graphic novel "Noé: Pour la cruauté des hommes" ("Noah: For the Cruelty of Men"). This novel serves as an influence on the film.
Darren Aronofsky had been fascinated with the character of Noah since childhood, seeing him as a "a dark, complicated character who experiences real survivor's guilt".
Regarding the film's extensive use of visual effects, Darren Aronofsky said he and his crew "had to create an entire animal kingdom", using no real animals in the production but instead "slightly tweaked" versions of real creatures. Industrial Light and Magic said their work on the film represented "the most complicated rendering in the company's history".
In this version, Noah's wife is named Naameh. This is a variation of Naamah, who is mentioned in Genesis 4:22 as the sister of Tubal-Cain and not further elaborated on, but is presumed by several Jewish and Christian traditions to be the wife of Noah, meaning that Tubal-Cain would be Noah's brother-in-law. Although Tubal-Cain is the main villain of this movie, no familial connection to Naameh is ever mentioned.
Russell Crowe explained his characterization of Noah as not necessarily having to be nice: "The funny thing with people being, they consider Noah to be a benevolent figure, you know? Because he looked after the animals. Are you kidding me? This is a dude who stood by and let the entire population of the planet perish!"
Liam Neeson, Liev Schreiber and Val Kilmer were considered for Tubalcain, but Darren Aronofsky wanted for the role "an actor with the grit and size to be convincing as he goes head-to-head against Russell Crowe's Noah character", which he found in Ray Winstone.
Vera Fried: Vera Fried was the 7th-grade teacher of the film's director. The idea of making this film came from a school assignment poem that Darren Aronofsky wrote in January 1982 for Ms. Fried's class. Titled The Dove, it was selected for a prize for a UN-organized writing contest of that year. As a sign of thanks, Fried is mentioned in closing credits and appears twice in the film: as an extra greeting Noah, and later as one of the corpses floating in the river.
Julianne Moore was considered for the role of Naameh.
Prior to the film being released in any country, Noah (2014) has been banned in Bahrain, Qatar, and UAE as the local government said it would contradict the teachings of Islam. The film has also been banned in Egypt for similar reasons, as it violates Islamic law and could "provoke the feelings of believers."
According to Darren Aronofsky, the Watchers' designs were inspired by three images: the six-winged Seraphim angels, a seagull trapped in oil and by ballet dancers with blocks attached to their feet. "These are angelic forms captured, malformed imprisoned by the earth; winged creatures who got encased and had to use their wings as arms and legs. "
Christian Bale and Michael Fassbender were offered the role of Noah, but they declined due to scheduling conflicts.
This is the third collaboration of Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly in a feature film, following A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Winter's Tale (2014). This is also the second time they have played husband and wife together, with the first one being A Beautiful Mind (2001).