‘Gods of Egypt’ Director and Lionsgate Apologize for the Film’s Whitewashed …

28 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Gods of Egypt.

Directed by Alex Proyas and set in ancient Egypt, the tale of deities and mortals fighting over the fate of the world features several white actors in prominent roles, including Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Brenton Thwaites.

As you may recall, last week Tambay reported on the casting controversy regarding Lionsgate’s upcoming would-be epic (and obvious cross-your-fingers tentpole franchise) “The Gods of Egypt” (here). However, with the exception of Chadwick Boseman (who, in his “don’t blink or you’ll miss him” appearance in the trailer, looks totally embarrassed, as well he should be) playing the role of Thoth The God of Wisdom, there are no other actors of color in the film. Proyas said in a statement Friday, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse.

There are however a Scot bland slab of meat better known as Gerard Butler, as well as a couple of Brits, a few Aussies and a Dane, all playing Egyptians . In fact, it’s so bad a look that, thanks to the controversy the casting of the film has gotten, according to Deadline, in a unprecedented move, both the studio and the director of the film, Alex Proyas, have issued public apologies over the casting of the film, saying, basically, that they screwed up, although they couldn’t really give a reasons why. Lionsagte, for its part, said: ”We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed.

Others include the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, the romantic comedy Aloha, the LGBT rights drama Stonewall, the Peter Pan origin story Pan, and the sci-fi movie The Martian. It’s pretty obvious that the idea of casting actors more appropriate and believable as Egyptians never really crossed their minds until the controversy hit them in the face, and they realized that it could hit them where it hurts the most – at the box office.

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