While Tom Hanks admits that "The Da Vinci Code" trilogy was fairly illogical, he isn't sorry about making the widely-successful films.
"God, that was a commercial enterprise. Yeah, those Robert Langdon sequels are hooey. 'The Da Vinci Code' was hooey," he told The New York Times when asked if he was "cynical" about some of his films.
"I mean, [author] Dan Brown, God bless him, says, 'Here is a sculpture in a place in Paris! No, it's way over there. See how a cross is formed on a map? Well, it's sort of a cross,'" Tom continued.
The movies – "The The Da Vinci Code," "Angels and Demons," and "Inferno" — shouldn't be used as anything more than cinematic fiction.
"Those are delightful scavenger hunts that are about as accurate to history as the James Bond movies are to espionage," Tom said. "But they're as cynical as a crossword puzzle. All we were doing is promising a diversion."
The trilogy made nearly $1.5 billion worldwide at the box office when all was said and done, but "Inferno" — although it was profitable — lacked the high-dollar gross of the first two films.
"There's nothing wrong with good commerce, provided it is good commerce," the "Elvis" actor told the Times, "By the time we made the third [film, Inferno], we proved that it wasn't such good commerce."
Still, due to those films, Tom had experiences that almost no one else in the world was able to have.
"Let me tell you something else about The Da Vinci Code," Tom said. "It was my 40th-something birthday. We were shooting in the Louvre at night. I changed my pants in front of the Mona Lisa! They brought me a birthday cake in the Grand Salon! Who gets to have that experience? Any cynicism there? Hell no!"