DIRECTOR RIDLEY SCOTT
STARRING CHRISTIAN BALE, JOEL EDGERTON
Director Ridley Scott awaited yearly film is here and it is pretty much anticipated as any of his previous films, Exodus: Gods and Kings! The movie follows the defiant leader Moses rise up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. The film has been under fire almost since the beginning, based on Scott’s decision to cast white actors in key Egyptian roles. He explained that each choice was made based on the caliber of the actor or actress, in the case of Sigourney Weaver as an Egyptian queen. The casting of white actors in non-white roles were being widely protested, as four white actors were cast to play the lead roles: Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses II, Sigourney Weaver as Queen Tuya, and Aaron Paul as Joshua. Bale speaks about portraying the Biblical figure during a recent screening. “The big one for me, other than realizing I had no idea about Moses at all, is just how complex a character he was,” the actor said at a Q&A after the screening. “He was a very troubled, tumultuous man and mercurial. But the biggest surprise was the nature of God. He was equally very mercurial”. Bale admitted that he was not very knowledgeable about the Bible. Therefore in preparation for his role as Moses, he read from the Old Testament, the Koran and
“Moses: A Life” by Jonathan Kirsch. Starting 2014 with Noah and ending it with Moses, isn’t this Historically Grand…!?
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In an interview, Scott claimed that being an atheist was a good quality for directing a Biblical story “because I’ve got to convince myself the story works.”