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Ridley Scott Doesn’t Need a Mohammad So-and-So in ‘Exodus’

Ridley Scott and his film Exodus: Gods and Kings has faced criticism over why he cast the whitest American, European and Australian actors he could find to play Egyptians. In a puff piece from Variety, Scott explains that if he had some brown guy as the lead, no one would have financed it so the thought didn’t even cross his mind.

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.

Luckily for Ridley Scott, that came off as only slightly racist. Probably only half the room filled with gasps.

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Scott remains an art director in need of a script —that he’s READ.

Standard, made for TV level, FX saturated scripture????

BLEH

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