I have never been one to gloat on the failures of others but on this occasion, i am gladly making an exception. After writing about the white washing of the exodus movie , I took some time to read some justifications made for the casting of the Exodus movie . Aside from his now infamous “get a life” comment, Mr Scott had this to say.
“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,” Scott says. “I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”
Mr Bale had this to say .
“I don’t think fingers should be pointed, but we should all look at ourselves and say, ‘Are we supporting wonderful actors in films by north African and Middle Eastern film-makers and actors, because there are some fantastic actors out there.
“If people start supporting those films more and more, then financiers in the market will follow. The audience has to show financiers that they will be there, and [then] they could make a large-budget film.
“To me, that would be a day of celebration. For the actors, it would be wonderful. It would be a wonderful day for humanity, but also for films and for storytelling in general.”
It would seem the white-washing was necessitated solely to raise finance and ensure box office success. If this was truly the case, it might be forgivable.
When Mr Scott chooses to also RE-cast existing statues and Monuments, it becomes clear this was a lot more than getting actors to sell a movie..
Look carefully at the statue in the background.
Look carefully at the real sculpture
movement and relocation due to the flood from the aswan dam
Now lets look at Mr Scot’s version again.
No such sculpture exist or existed in ancient Egypt. This kind of white washing simply cannot be justified. So it was with great pleasure i read the following headline from the Independent
Exodus: Gods and Kings banned in Egypt for ‘historical inaccuracies’
And this from forbes;
Weekend Box Office: ‘Exodus’ Crumbles
Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings dropped a mammoth 66% from last weekend ($24.1 million) to this weekend ($8.07 million) ,The film grossed a relatively disappointing $24.5 million (£15.5 million) on its opening weekend.
I truly hope white supremacist Hollywood has gotten the Memo