Ridley Scott Still Won't Apologize for Racist Exodus Casting

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Director Ridley Scott  attends "The Martian" premiere during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 11, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Ridley Scott Still Won't Apologize for Racist Exodus Casting

Maintains that studios wouldn't finance the film with non-white leads.

Published September 16, 2015

Ridley Scott isn't sorry for casting his swords-and-sandals biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings with all white faces in the leading roles and relegating the Black and Middle Eastern actors to play thieves and low-class citizens. In an interview with Deadline.com, the filmmaker continues to insist that his film would not have been financed at its $100 million-plus budget unless it was built around white A-listers — historical inaccuracies be damned.

Last December, Scott told those threatening to boycott the movie to "Get a life," and time has done nothing to give him a change of heart. Asked if he would have done anything differently, he said, "Nah. Some have said, isn’t Christ Black? He could have been. It depends on what part of North Africa he comes from, but how do we know?" 

Scott continued, "The short sharp crude answer is, I couldn’t get a film like that mounted for that kind of budget — we were $145 million, not $260 million, so that wasn’t bad — but to make Moses Black and his wife Ethiopian? They never would have made the movie."

Perish the thought. That said, the movie still flopped.

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(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Written by Evelyn Diaz


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