One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
1) 24 creator Joel Surnow thought that “The DaVinci Code” would provide a great storyline for the show’s third season. Surnow asked his boss, producer Brian Grazer about acquiring the film rights to the book. Author Dan Brown had no intention of his book being adapted for a TV show, and rejected their bid. Months later, Sony Pictures paid $6 million for the book and hired Grazer as producer.
2) Immediately after securing the lead role of Robert Langdon, Tom Hanks traveled to France to the Chapel of Saint-Hubert in Château d’Amboise, where Leonardo da Vinci is buried, and proceeded to disinter da Vinci’s corpse. Despite numerous attempts by French police to stop him, Hanks killed them all with a single handkerchief. After he had completely exhumed the body, Hanks stripped naked and performed a pagan ritual, drenching himself in lamb’s blood and devouring every bit of da Vinci’s bones. The sudden storms that ripped through that section of France during those three days are some of the worst on record, with lightning strikes alone killing more than 200,000 people, and it is on official French record that Hanks’s actions were responsible. When Hanks was finally finished, he softly said, “I have solved the code.” He then traveled to the Belvedere in the Vatican in Rome, still nude and covered in blood, where he locked himself inside for 7 weeks with no food or water. When he finally emerged, he revealed that he had created a complete replica of The Virtuvian Man as a sculpture using his own feces. Renowned art scholars praised the sculpture for its exquisite detail and uncanny realism. It wasn’t until days later when a custodian heard muffled cries coming from the sculpture did anyone discover that Hanks had buried his brother, Jim, at the center, causing him to lose 60% of his brain function, which Hanks said was “No big loss.” It took doctors 4 years of near-constant surgeries to reconstruct Jim’s limbs, which Hanks had split in half. The Da Vinci Code would go on to be nominated for a People’s Choice Award, thereby fully justifying his actions.