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Malaysia Bans Movie 'Noah'

This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Russell Crowe in a scene from 'Noah.'
Malaysia has joined other Muslim nations in banning the biblical motion picture Noah, saying actor Russell Crowe's visual depiction of the prophet is against the laws of Islam.

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.