C. S. Lewis was clear that the character of Aslan in his Chronicles of Narnia is based on Christ. But actor Liam Neeson, who voices the lion in the latest Narnia film, Is claiming his character is also based on other religious leaders such as Mohammed.
UK DAILY MAIL –– Fans of Lewis’s stories are fuming, claiming Neeson is ruining the author’s legacy to be ‘politically correct’. Aslan features in all seven Narnia books, steering the children away from evil and encouraging them to take the right path.
In the climax of the first book The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, he sacrifices his life to save Narnia from an evil witch before rising triumphantly from the dead.
The author once wrote of the character: ‘He is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question, “What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia, and He chose to be incarnate and die and rise again in that world as He actually has done in ours?”’ Lewis also said that the books are full of Christian symbolism, covering subjects such as heaven and the end of the world.
William Oddie, a fomer editor of The Catholic Herald and a lifelong fan of the Chronicles of Narnia, accused Neeson of ‘a betrayal of Lewis’s intention and a shameful distortion’.
He said: ‘Aslan is clearly established from the very beginning of the whole cannon as being a Christ figure. I can’t believe that Liam Neeson is so stupid as not to know.