How much of the story is fact and how much is fiction, we may never know. But below, here are 18 surprising things you probably didn’t know about the biblical story itself and the Russell Crowe film, which opens in theaters March 28.
1. As the Bible tells it, the designer of the ark is God. Noah had no previous shipbuilding (much less ark-building) experience. If only the men in our lives could follow directions like that, right? I mean, we struggle to assemble our Ikea dressers so I can’t imagine putting my man in charge of an entire ark!