Dan Brown, author of the controversial best-seller, "The Da Vinci Code," has weathered a number of attacks on the book's subject matter. He recently defended himself in court from two authors who claimed he stole core ideas from their tome. Though their suit was found to have no merit, Brown at least credited the authors' work.
While he's at it, Brown might credit the source of the evil albino character, Silas. This gun-wielding monk generates most of the suspense in the novel and upcoming movie. Dan Brown seems to have combined two evil film albinos seen in the 1970's. It's simple skinema skine-MATH: Add the giant sharpshooting assassin in "Foul Play" (1978) to the robed religious cult leader of "The Omega Man" (1971), and divide by the square root of self-flagellation. The result...is Silas.
Gun toting assassin from "Foul Play..."
...malicious monk from "The Omega Man"...
..."Da Vinci Code's" sinister Silas.