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Rob Harris

I've already written about the rather jarring British accents in Ridley Scott's upcoming biblical epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, but now the director has got himself in quite a bit of trouble for his controversial remarks regarding the appropriateness of his casting choices.

The 76-year-old British director said:

I can't mount a film of this budget and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such.

The movie stars Christian Bale as Moses - God's messenger and defiant leader of the fleeing Israelites - and Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses. Some critics have raised questions about why a British-Australian Caucasian duo have been picked to portray Egyptians. Scott claimed that he couldn't have made the movie had he cast ethnic leads.

A backlash movement on Twitter has started encouraging those offended to boycott the blockbuster movie when it releases on December 12.

The lack of diversity in the film's cast has led to accusations of 'whitewashing' African history. Writer David Dennis Jr. says:

Not only are all the main characters white, but the servants, thieves and assassins are played by Africans. While Ridley Scott may think he's just making a movie, he's participating in this crippling structure of subjugation and Hollywood is footing the bill for it.

What do you think?


Should Scott have picked more ethnically appropriate cast members?


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