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Ridley Scott Explains Why He Hired White Actors for "Exodus: Gods and Kings"
Posted: November 28th, 2014 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
One question that keeps coming up regarding Ridley Scott's "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is why are white actors playing Egyptian characters, like Joel Edgerton as Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II.

In a new interview with Scott, Variety brought up the question again. The director replied: "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. I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up."

That's a very direct reply, but is also a very honest one. To reach the widest audience and to secure an investment that is likely over $100 million, studios must get the most popular actors. And in this case, those actors happen to be Edgerton and Christian Bale.

Source: Variety

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