Ridley Scott, crafting what he refers to as the biggest project of his career, seemingly has limitless resources for the construction of elaborate sets, top-notch visual effects, and, well, virtually everything else for his Moses biopic Exodus: Gods and Kings, as evidenced in the first trailer. However, one crucial aspect has caused major controversy months before release: a whitewashed lead cast, the anger surrounding which can be seen in tweets below.
— Hodan (@HodanLioness) July 29, 2014
This is far from the first time Hollywood has gone with star power and box-office clout over accurate portrayals of culture and race, but, in this day and age, it’s as lamentable as ever. Scott has now responded to the controversy, telling Australia Yahoo, “Egypt was – as it is now – a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.”
If Scott’s idea of “diversity” is — as the above tweet displays — having African actors play slaves while U.K.’s Christian Bale, Australia’s Joel Edgerton, the Idaho-born Aaron Paul, and others simply throw on some tanning oil, it sounds like he didn’t get the message. Considering its size and scale, perhaps the best Exodus can do is bring this issue to the forefront of a conversation from where Hollywood eventually gets wise about accurate representations. Meanwhile, see the “diversity” in a batch of new pics below.
What do you think of Scott’s response?
As my review can attest to, I’m looking forward to not only watch John Wick again but also see how the film hits with general audiences when it arrives this weekend. The actioner stars Keanu Reeves as an ex-hitman who is crossed by the son of his old employer. When everything is taken from him, he decides to […]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. If we were provided screener copies, we’ll have our own write-up, but if that’s not the case, one can find official descriptions from the distributors. Check out […]
Composer Nathan Johnson is a master at making off-beat and imperfect instruments sound distant yet accessible on a number of vastly different narratives (see: Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper). His latest work is a pair of scores for films that were both released this month, Jake Paltrow‘s neo-western Young Ones and the journalistic thriller Kill the Messenger starring Jeremy Renner. Johnson has also been producing a couple albums and […]
Latest posts from Beats Per Minute