Weisz Words on Philosophy
Byline: Baz Bamigboye
THERE'S something refreshingly rewarding about watching Rachel Weisz discuss difficult aspects of philosophy and astronomy and make them sound easy.
That's what she does in Agora, Alejandro Amenabar's film about the fourth-century scholar Hypatia and the religious fervour that went on around her, with Jews and Christians clashing constantly and killing each other.
'It's the true story of a fourth-century woman and, in some ways, nothing much has changed,' said Rachel.
'We've evolved in so many ways, and in others we haven't evolved at all. We can go into outer space and travel to the moon; we can cure certain diseases; but we still kill each other in the name of religion. It seems so primitive to still be doing that,' she said, angrily shaking her head.
'If one believes in God, why is my god better than your god? Or why are the customs that my religion teaches me more correct than your customs? It's just a crazy notion,' she said as we discussed the movie at a beach-side restaurant in Cannes. …