Russell Crowe has had enough of people bashing his upcoming movie without even seeing it.
"We've had probably over a year now of very harsh criticism from a bunch of people who have put their name and stamp on an opinion that's not even based on the movie or seeing the movie, just an assumption of what it could be or how bad it could be or how wrong it could be in their eyes, which I think quite frankly is bordering on absolute stupidity, because now, I think, people are seeing the movie and they're realizing how respectful it is and how potent it is," Crowe said during an appearance on Wednesday's Good Morning America.
Indeed, the actor claimed that the film is a great work of art, as it inspires discussions about important issues.
"You come out of this movie and you want to talk...about our stewardship of the earth, our relationship to animals, what is spirituality, who am I in this world -- all these fantastic subjects for conversation…Art that can do that for people is a wonderful thing," he said.
Crowe said he also appreciated Pope Francis meeting with him, suggesting that he had been invited to do so by the Vatican.
"I think considering the controversy around this movie, it would have been so easy for the Vatican to rescind that invitation and just let it be that way, but the kindness to actually let the invitation stand, I thought it was just so consistent with who he's been," the actor said, adding that even though he's not Catholic, he's a big fan of Pope Francis.