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Emma Watson makes a splash at London premiere of 'Noah'

Published 31/03/2014 | 21:36

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Cast member Emma Watson arrives for the UK premiere of "Noah", Leicester Square, London, March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Cast member Emma Watson arrives for the UK Premiere of "Noah" at Leicester Square in London, March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Paul Hackett (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
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Douglas Booth arriving for the premiere of the film Noah held at the Odeon Leicester Square, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday March 31, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Noah. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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Former 'Harry Potter' actress Emma Watson made a splash in London tonight as she stole the show on the red carpet of 'Noah'.

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Watson, who was wearing a stunning white Ralph Lauren gown, confessed she felt a duty to all women acting out childbirth for the first time in the film.

The stars walked a stormy carpet in Leicester Square, but for once the water was just for fun as the carpet was printed to look like waves.

Fans flooded to see the cast of the film, who also included Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Logan Lerman, Douglas Booth and director Darren Aronofsky.

Crowe's friend and Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman also made an appearance, to the delight of the crowds.

Watson, who plays Noah's adopted daughter Elah in the film, admitted her character's childbirth scenes were "really nerve-wracking".

The Harry Potter star added: "You feel a responsibility to women in general to portray it in a way that was true the experience and how tough it is.

"From what I've researched, it feels like a really life or death moment and I really wanted to make sure that that came across."

Oscar-winning filmmaker Aronofsky co-wrote the reinterpretation of the classic biblical tale, which sees Noah build an ark to save all the animals from a flood sent by God to destroy mankind after they have turned the world into chaos.

The controversial film has attracted mixed reactions from religious audiences but has already topped the US box office in its opening weekend.

Crowe said: "It has something for people of faith and people who don't have faith. It's an intense experience.

"You come out of it wanting to have a chat. That's the best part of a movie when that sort of thing happens."

Connelly, who looked dazzling in an Alexander McQueen dress with a feather skirt and floral bodice, agreed.

She said: "I think it's a story from the Bible and the stories are timeless and the themes are universal. I think for people from different backgrounds, different parts of the story will resonate with them in different ways. I think a lot things will resonate in particular with audiences. I know that it was very important to Darren that it feel quite pertinent to a lot of people."

Aronofsky admitted he felt the story had a new relevance today, in light of global warming.

He said: "It's one of our first cautionary tales. It says if you are wicked, then you will be punished. If you corrupt the earth, then you will be punished.

"And here we are and the UN just released a report today saying that the water's rising. So the irony is a little strange, to be here today on the day the report came out. So hopefully it will act like a cautionary tale for all of us in some way."

Winstone plays villain Tubal-Cain who tries to stop Noah.

The British actor said: "I don't think he represents the wickedness of man, for me he represents humanity. And that's when you have to step back and think, maybe there's something wrong with us. Maybe there's something in our gene that we have to rethink.

"Because it's nothing said that I don't kind of agree with, and a few other people do as well. And that's what we need to push."

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