LATEST: Director Ron Howard has dismissed calls for his film The Da Vinci Code to include a disclaimer as unnecessary. Opus Dei had asked film-makers to make it clear the TOM HANKS-starring movie is a work of fiction as it portrays the Catholic group as a corrupt, barbarous cult at the centre of a cover-up of the truth about Jesus Christ. But Howard says The Da Vinci Code is clearly fictional: "It's not theology or history. Spy thrillers don't start off with disclaimers." An American spokesman for Opus Dei says, "A disclaimer could have been a way to show (Sony Pictures) wants to be fair and respectful in its treatment of Christians."