Darren Aronofsky is getting lots of positive buzz for his biblical epic Noah, but the filmmaker is also sharing the spotlight with an inspiration from his past – his seventh grade English teacher, who inspired him to become a writer.
Aronofsky says Vera Fried encouraged him to become a writer when he was just 13 years old. “She said, 'When you write your first book, dedicate it to me.'” The filmmaker did just that, acknowledging his former teacher in the coffee-table tome about the film.
That wasn’t all he did – Aronofsky also gave Fried two small parts in the film, and brought her to the premiere to bask in the glow of celebrity. Fried seems excited about her newfound stardom, although she says she didn’t find Russell Crowe as hot as Anthony Hopkins.
The funniest part of the story is that Fried had no idea her former student had become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after directors. “I didn’t hear from him for 33 years, and then he sent me the unpunctuated e-mail.” Ever the English teacher…
Fried, who is now retired and lives in Florida, did one last favor for her former student – she read a poem by the young Aronofsky. The piece in question, entitled The Dove, not only won a contest back in 1982, but served as the inspiration for Noah. For something written by a 13-year-old kid, it’s pretty good.
A Poem by Darren Aronofsky
January 13, 1982
Evil was in the world
The laughing crowd
Left the foolish man at his ark
Filled with animals
When the rain began to fall
It was hopeless
The man could not take the evil crowd with him
But he was allowed to bring his good family.
The rain continued through the night
And the cries of screaming men filled the air
The ark was afloat
Until the dove returned with the leaf
Evil still existed.
When the rainbows reached throughout the sky
The humble man and his family knew what it meant
The animals ran and flew freely with their newborn
The fog rose and the sun shone
Peace was in the air
And it soon appeared in all of man’s heart.
He knew evil would not be kept away
For evil and war could not be destroyed
But neither was it possible to destroy peace
Evil is hard to end and peace is hard to begin
But the rainbow and the dove will always live
Within every man’s heart.
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