The second atheist to make a biblical epic. No offense to Hollywood, but there
are people who understand the story better and see much more vision and
potential in it. I wouldn't cast someone in a sci fi film if they hate sci
fi. Their heart simply isn't in it. Therefore the production will
suffer.3D effects and battle aren't what make a film. Story is.
Story is a craft, not a product.
It's a movie about what is probably a fictional person. Outside of the
Bible, there is no archeological or historical evidence for Moses'
existence or for the exodus. Even ISRAELI archeologists admit there is no
evidence for the exodus. They looked for years and came up with zip, zilch,
@ThoughtNotDogma: "So the same people who were telling religious
conservatives to "get a life, it's just a movie" when it came to
how "Noah" portrayed that story... ...are now upset that the racial
makeup of the cast may not accurately reflect the demographics of the region in
which said fictional story didn't actually take place?"Actually, no. You're thinking about two different groups of people.The people who are annoyed with this film's casting were also
annoyed with the casting in "Noah": Semitic characters being exclusively
played by white characters of Western European heritage.And as
I've said before, it's not because of one particular film that people
like me get upset. It's because it constantly happens. When non-white roles
consistently get played by white actors, it's an act of erasure."Really. Get a life. If you don't like the movie, don't go.
Change the channel, turn off the TV. Freedom of speech."Yes, we
do have the freedom of speech, which we exercise by talking about it.
I have no interest in watching the movie. It has nothing to do with my religion
or values. Frankly, the movie just doesn't look like it's worth my
time or money. On the other hand, the Battle of Five Armies is coming soon
after. I'd rather spend my time and money on the Hobbit.
So the same people who were telling religious conservatives to "get a life,
it's just a movie" when it came to how "Noah" portrayed that
story, are now up in arms that a movie, based on events they don't believe
happened, from a book they like to mock, are now upset that the racial makeup of
the cast may not accurately reflect the demographics of the region in which said
fictional story didn't actually take place?Oh the horrors. The
oppression. The guilt. The rich irony.It's just a movie. It
is entertainment. You don't need to go to a movie to have your social,
political, or historic views validated anymore than those right wing religious
people need a movie to validate their religious beliefs.Really. Get
a life. If you don't like the movie, don't go. Change the channel,
turn off the TV. Freedom of speech. Yada Yada Yada.
Well, sometimes there were black Egyptian pharaohs, but most of the time, they
were light skinned. I believe that the Ramses Dynasty, in which these events
took place, were light skinned, not black. Also, there is no way that Moses was
dark. He was a Hebrew. His mother and father were Hebrew slaves. Anyway, with
the way the events of the Bible have been portrayed lately in movies, it makes
me laugh. They take so much liberty, that you can only tell that the story is
from the Bible is that they use the names of Moses, Dinah, Jacob, Joseph,...
They should have gotten some of the big box office Egyptian actors to play Moses
including...well let's see...give me a minute.... By the way
Moses wasn't Egyptian remember - he was Hebrew and last time I checked
they weren't black.
@Understands MathThat's really the root of the problem. I
can't think of half a dozen middle eastern action stars. I really do think
it's not something intentional but it is the status quo. How
many big name Jewish stars do you see in action movies? Jeff Goldblum as the
snarky scientist? STEMS education has had this problem for decades and it has
taken a large, purposeful effort to expand our demographics. I can't
imagine a big movie studio doing that just to make their movies more accurate.
"But director Ridley Scott has a message for those trying to boycott the
movie: "I say, 'Get a life.'""A white director
telling people that they shouldn't take issue with white actors playing
non-white characters.If this film were an isolated case, it would be
one thing, but Hollywood constantly casts white actors in non-white roles.
It's always, "We need big name actors!"...but how does
someone become a big-name actor, if they don't get cast in films? It's
Okay, if they have to pander to Middle Eastern ethnicity, why not cast that
Bar-Rafeli chick as Moses? Sure, gender might be an issue.... but she would
definitely look better than any guy they could get for the part!
It's a movie not a documentary. If they made it authentic no-one would pay
to see it.
@liberty or...I really doubt that they picked Christian Bale due to
white guilt. More likely they picked a big name action/epic movie star because
it's a big budget action/epic movie. Movies are made to make money; big
action scenes, big names, and special effects make money. There's no
shadowy ulterior motive other than to make the movie make money.
Have you ever looked at the art on the walls of a church? It looks like the cast
of 'riverdance' a lot more than a reflection of bronze age palestinian
What, we can't let the truth actually get out that egyptians who were the
super power of the time period and current pop culture has made certain to
emphasize were not white skinned but black? Come on Hollywood I know its against
your high morals to show anyone else other than whites have enslaved people in
history (please ignore shaka Zulu, Egyptian dynasties, Aztecs, Mayans,The black
tribe slave trade collaborators, the haitian revolution,Santa Anna in mexico,
Entire history of Genghis kahn Feudal japan & china, Imperial Japan etc.)but
come on at least get the ethnics right for the time period.
Wait is the controversy over casting big name white actors in a movie that takes
place in the Middle East? I figured everyone was up in arms for how it portrays
the Moses story... Someone put up several hundred million dollars, of course
they're going to get a big name as the lead. I'm not saying it's
right but is anyone really surprised?