Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Director apologises for 'whitewashed' casting in "Gods of Egypt"

Blackface is bad and white faces are bad:  The great Leftist obsession with race

Australian filmmaker Alex Proyas has apologised for how he cast Gods of Egypt, an action fantasy movie shot in Sydney that has proven controversial for featuring predominantly white actors.

After criticism that followed the release of the poster and trailer this month, the director of Dark City, I, Robot and Knowing issued a statement indicating that he had erred in casting the movie set in ancient mythical Egypt.

"The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse," Proyas said. "I sincerely apologise to those who are offended by the decisions we made."

The $US140 million movie centres on a young thief, played by former Home and Away star Brenton Thwaites, who enlists the help of the gods to bring his beloved (Australian actress and model Courtney Eaton from Mad Max: Fury Road) back from the dead.

Scotland's Gerard Butler, Australia's Geoffrey Rush and Denmark's Nikolaj Coster-Waldau play the Egyptian gods Set, Ra and Horus respectively.

The cast also includes fellow Australians Abby Lee, Bryan Brown and Emma Booth, England's Rufus Sewell, American Chadwick Boseman and France's Elodie Yung.

The studio releasing the film, Lionsgate, also issued an apology, saying: "We recognise that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologise.


It's just a movie, after all -- with no claim to being a history lesson


Anonymous said...

Fiction is expected to be truth ???????

Anonymous said...

The criticisms are in themselves racist in nature - clearly. An actor should be able to play the required part whatever the assumed historical background.

stinky said...

With a special guest appearance by Bruce Jenner as Cleopatra. Those slinky dresses of hers were to die for!

Regardless, this won't change the casting in the next movie; filmmakers will go with their most bankable stars, period. The apology is just pro-forma damage control.

Anonymous said...

I guess not only should College Professors be selected on race not knowledge, but now actors must also be selected on race not acting ability?

Anonymous said...

Another movie I do not have to waste my money/time on. If the production companies are that PC the movie must be garbage.


Bird of Paradise said...

Liberals are so annoying and so stupid

Anonymous said...

Enough of this bullshit. Do we now have to scan the movies produced in other countries in order to ensure that not only when required that white people of the correct ethnic origin are cast?