‘Gods of Egypt’ studio, director apologize for mostly white cast

30 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apology not accepted: Twitter blasts Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt.

The filmmaker and studio Lionsgate issued separate statements acknowledging the controversy sparked by the release of the film’s first trailer two weeks ago, featuring a cast led by Scottish actor Gerard Butler and Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. “We recognise that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed,” read Lionsgate’s statement, first reported by Forbes. “In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity.” The response, issued well in advance of the film’s February 26 release, comes on the heels of recent casting controversies surrounding films like Exodus: Gods And Kings and Aloha. Director Alex Proyas, whose film is based on Egyptian mythology, and the studio Lionsgate both separately apologised as they acknowledged the film had caused controversy. The flick was immediately criticised on the social media after its first trailer was released with celebrities leading the call for more diversity in casting, reports News.com.au. Proyas released a statement regarding the issue in which he said, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse.

He told trade publication Variety that he would not be able to get the film financed by casting “Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such”. “It’s always art against economics,” Scott told The Associated Press last December. “As soon as you’re at the higher levels of budgeting, you’ve got to get the film made and the only way to support the film is to have actors who can support the budget.” Earlier this year, Cameron Crowe’s romantic dramedy Aloha drew similar public disapprovals for casting Emma Stone as a character who is supposed to be of Chinese, Hawaiian and Swedish descent. In a June message posted on his website, TheUncool.com, Crowe explained that the character was always intended to be someone frustrated that she lacked outward signs of her ethnicity, while also apologising to those who felt it was “an odd or misguided” choice. “So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation,” added Crowe. “I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future.” Hollywood has a long tradition of casting white actors as other ethnicities, but lately the practice is not going unchallenged and is often put under scrutiny as soon as castings are announced, as was the case with Joe Wright’s Pan, where Rooney Mara played Tiger Lily. Director Ridley Scott said at the time the casting decisions were down to the need to have well known actors in lead roles in order to obtain funding. Scott defended his decision as being about financing. “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” he said. “I’m just not going to get it financed.

So the question doesn’t even come up.” Gods of Egypt came under fire when the movie’s posters were released showing Butler (300) and Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) as warring Egyptian gods. Lincoln. “However, based on the statuary and monuments that have survived, not to mention thousands of years of other cultures commenting on them, they definitely weren’t white people with flowing, curly blond locks, and their gods were definitely not Europeans.” The director of the Martin Luther King movie Selma, Ava DuVernay, noted the rarity of the apology given how common this kind of casting was in Hollywood. “This kind of apology never happens – for something that happens all the time,” she tweeted.

Here you can write a commentary on the recording "‘Gods of Egypt’ studio, director apologize for mostly white cast".

* Required fields
Twitter-news
Our partners
Follow us
Contact us
Our contacts

About this site