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Ridley Scott Tells ‘Exodus’ Casting Critics To “Get A Life,” Christian Bale Weighs In On The Controversy

Ridley Scott Tells 'Exodus' Casting Critics To "Get A Life," Christian Bale Weighs In On The Controversy

It seems a moment hasn’t gone by on the press run for “Exodus: Gods And Kings” where Ridley Scott hasn’t faced a question about the casting of his Bible movie. The lack of ethnic diversity among the ensemble has been a source of concern in many quarters, an active Twitter hashtag #boycottexodusmovie is making the rounds, and Scott’s own attempts to address the issue haven’t gone over very well. And these latest comments aren’t helping either.

Speaking with Associated Press, when asked about those who might want to boycott the film over its casting, Scott offered the nuanced rejoinder, “I say, ‘Get a life.'” Noting the expense of the film ($140 million), Scott said he needed to get the “best possible cast … on a budget of this scale.” Meanwhile Moses himself AKA Christian Bale has offered a little more thoughtful commentary and comes to the defense of his director.

“It would absolutely be a wonderful day of celebration if, within a few decades, we have another Moses and he’s a North African or Middle Eastern actor — what a wonderful thing,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Ridley [Scott] is absolutely honest and blunt to a fault, and I think that people, rather than pointing fingers, should ask themselves, are they being supportive of North African and Middle Eastern filmmakers and actors? … The change will come from independent filmmaking, but audiences have to be there. Because once that happens, financiers of bigger and bigger budget films will say, ‘We can actually do business here.’ “

And Bale does make a very good point. It’s one thing to seek change in Hollywood, but an equal effort should be put forth to support those filmmakers and actors in international cinema right now, so they can continue to make movies, whether or not major studios are going to open the door for them.

You might think that with all this talk about ‘Exodus,’ Scott may be facing some of the toughest work of his career. But in fact, he thinks there is one genre harder to climb than Bible adventures — comic book movies. And it’s an arena he’s not eager to step into.

“I’ve had a lot of opportunities and I tend not to do that,” Scott told IGN. “They’re the hardest single thing to write. Taking a comic strip character is very hard to write. Because comics are meant to work in one page, to work in frames with minimalistic dialogue. And a lot of it is left to the imagination of the reader. To do that in film you’ve got to be a little more explanatory. And that requires a good screenplay and good dialogue.”
However, Scott does concede that, “Blade Runner was a comic strip. It was a comic strip! It was a very dark comic strip. Comic metaphorically.”

Thoughts? You know where to leave ’em. “Exodus: Gods And Kings” opens this Friday.

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