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Ridley Scott Has No Regrets About Casting White Actors In ‘Exdos’


EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (2014) CHRISTIAN BALE RIDLEY SCOTT (DIR) MOVIESTORE COLLECTION LTD When: 12 Sep 2014 Credit: Supplied by WENN.com **WENN does not claim any ownership including but not limited to Copyright, License in attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN's services only, do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright, License in material. By publishing this material you expressly agree to indemnify, to hold WENN, its directors, shareholders, employees harmless from any loss, claims, damages, demands, expenses (including legal fees), any causes of action, allegation against WENN arising out of, connected in any way with publication of the material.**

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS (2014)
CHRISTIAN BALE
RIDLEY SCOTT (DIR)
MOVIESTORE COLLECTION LTD
When: 12 Sep 2014
Credit: Supplied by WENN.com
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Director Ridley Scott is saying that the ‘Exodus’ film would never have gotten made with black actors.

HitFix via Deadline:

Ridley Scott gave a wide-ranging interview to Deadline over the weekend around the premiere of his forthcoming space drama “The Martian” at the Toronto International Film Festival, and one of the topics discussed was the casting controversy around his 2014 Biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” in which the director and his collaborators came under fire for casting white movie stars including as Egyptians (Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton played Moses and Ramesses II, respectively).

At the time Scott told those threatening a boycott of the movie to “Get a life,” and now he’s doubling down on his stance, noting that the $145 million film never would have been made in the first place had he not cast Caucasian movie stars in the lead roles.

DEADLINE: Exodus was visually overwhelming, you created that ancient world and brought the plagues in all their vivid horror, and yet the fixation was on how you didn’t hire indigenous actors in the lead roles. In hindsight, is there something you might have done differently?

SCOTT: Nah. Some have said, isn’t Christ black? He could have been. It depends on what part of North Africa he comes from, but how do we know? The short sharp crude answer is, I couldn’t get a film like that mounted for that kind of budget—we were $145 million, not $260 million, so that wasn’t bad– but to make Moses black and his wife Ethiopian? They never would have made the movie.

Mediaoutrage– We all know the ancient Egyptians were BLACK so this is just Hollywood’s way of forcing White Supremacy down your throat. Your thoughts???