Well, Ridley Scott gave folks something to talk about over the Thanksgiving table this holiday with his recents comments on the controversial casting of his upcoming “Exodus: Gods And Kings.” “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,” the director said. “I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.” But what does he leading man, Christian Bale, think of the issue?
“Ridley’s point, which I think is a good one, is what does an Egyptian look like?” the actor told ET last week. “Especially at that time when this was the empire, so it would be a crossroads of Europe and the Middle East and Africa, and he cast accordingly. I don’t know the fact that I was born in Wales and suffer with this skin that can’t deal with the sun should dictate that Ridley should say, ‘In that case, he’s not the right man to play the role.’ I did the best that I can. I’m certainly not going to pass it up. It’s a hell of a role.”
So, more to think about as this discussion certainly won’t go away. But the marketing campaign continues regardless of the issues swirling around the film, so here’s a Thanksgiving TV spot — which is pretty much trailer length — for the film that opens on December 12th.