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'Gods of Egypt' Director Apologizes for Film's Lack of Diversity

'Gods of Egypt' Director Apologizes for Film's Lack of Diversity

Alex Proyas, the director of the upcoming fantasy film Gods of Egypt, has released a statement apologizing for the movie’s lack of diversity.

The film stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Rufus Sewell, and Courtney Eaton. It is about a mortal who tries to save the world by enlisting the god Horus in an alliance against the god of darkness, Set.

“The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made,” Alex said in his statement.

“We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better,” Lionsgate added in a statement.

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  • Sandy McFarlane

    This moron should’ve known better, we all know what happened to that awful Exodus movie

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    A director is issuing an apology before a film comes out? How is this a good thing? Is he being proactive or reactive?

  • Lace

    Great question GFW!

  • ola akande

    both

  • adina

    Damage control and a bit more publicity for the movie.

  • AJ

    Looking forward to the exciting GB events ahead. December is a month that usually flies by and then I would imagine his promos and stuff will start and only 2 months to go before his first film comes out.
    Finally. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for this! Can’t wait.

  • AJ

    Looking forward to the exciting GB events ahead. December is a month that usually flies by and then I would imagine his promos and stuff will start and only 2 months to go before his first film comes out.
    Finally. It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for this! Can’t wait.

  • Truth

    It’s because Alex Proyas has “heard the masses”. When the film comes out, the “real” reviewers are going to demolish this film. I had hoped it would do well for Butler’s sake. Thank God Butler did not produce this film. He will be disappointed but he will be okay. Moviegoers are very picky these days. It’s not Butler’s fault but the studios. They won’t take they blame but will blame the actors.

  • Lola

    Maybe one day Hollywood will remember that Egypt is in Africa and that Elizabeth Taylor is not representative of the Egyptian people.

  • adina

    Those days there wasn’t social media where people could express their opinions. If it was I am sure there would have been comments about Burton and Taylor being fit for their roles as Egyptians. Also I thing that casting a beautiful woman like ET as Cleopatra must have done the trick for the public. On top of that her and RB were a popular couple.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Moviegoers are picky enough to demand authenticity in fantasy films? Yeah, right. Kind of feel going into it everyone realized whom the actors were, we’ve a Black, Danish guy, Sottish guy, English guy, Australian guy and gal, French Cambodian. C’mon this is silly! Damage control? It’s free publicity!

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Moviegoers are picky enough to demand authenticity in fantasy films? Yeah, right. Kind of feel going into it everyone realized whom the actors were, we’ve a Black, Danish guy, Sottish guy, English guy, Australian guy and gal, French Cambodian. C’mon this is silly! Damage control? It’s free publicity!

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Moviegoers are picky enough to demand authenticity in fantasy films? Yeah, right. Kind of feel going into it everyone realized whom the actors were, we’ve a Black, Danish guy, Sottish guy, English guy, Australian guy and gal, French Cambodian. C’mon this is silly! Damage control? It’s free publicity!

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Moviegoers are picky enough to demand authenticity in fantasy films? Yeah, right. Kind of feel going into it everyone realized whom the actors were, we’ve a Black, Danish guy, Sottish guy, English guy, Australian guy and gal, French Cambodian. C’mon this is silly! Damage control? It’s free publicity!

  • adina

    Those above 25 years old, yes

  • adina

    Those above 25 years old, yes

  • adina

    Those above 25 years old, yes

  • adina

    Those above 25 years old, yes

  • Visitor

    Nothing has changed since the 1960s. They still keep casting white people with British accents to play ALL ancient peoples.

    They knew exactly what was up. I hope it fails. These actors look like rejects from Thor and Gladiator.

  • plez

    You would think after Exodus only made 65 million in the US, he would have made sure the cast represented Egyptians properly.

  • adina

    Waldau doesn’t look like a God, he barely has muscles on his body.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    That’s crap and you know it. It’s a cool looking film and folks are going to want to see it.

  • Curt Noydb

    Being Politically Correct means always having to say you are sorry.

  • xyz

    AND UR REAL PROBLEM IS, MORON?

  • xyz

    AND UR REAL PROBLEM IS, MORON?

  • Julia

    I doubt Alex Proyas has any regrets. His vision of the movie stood then and stands now as a fantasy, mythical adventure. Lionsgate needs to promote a movie. Still feel that with the political climate that the world is in at this moment, the choice was good.
    Did anyone ask Rami Malek to star? Doubtful.

  • Julia

    I doubt Alex Proyas has any regrets. His vision of the movie stood then and stands now as a fantasy, mythical adventure. Lionsgate needs to promote a movie. Still feel that with the political climate that the world is in at this moment, the choice was good.
    Did anyone ask Rami Malek to star? Doubtful.

  • xyz

    EGYPT IS IN AFRICA AND ANCIENT EGYPTIANS WERE WHITE. MOVE UR ASS AND DO MORE RESEARCH.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Waldau has fans, that’s his biggest muscle.
    Butler has fans and actual muscles.

  • Julia

    You really should think of getting a new line. Read that before.

  • Lola

    You are so ignorant. No they were not. Look at every single ancient egypt painting and you’ll se they were black/brown. Now move your racist ignorant ass out of here and go read some credible history books.

  • http://rememberingthedesireisprivate.blogspot.com/ GFW

    Elizabeth Taylor represented butts in seats same like these guys. It’s about the bottom line, not race and/or color.

  • Lola

    I’m not denying that.

  • Lola

    She had some greek and some egyptian origins, she as biracial at best. Serously, study a little.

  • CeeKrativ

    I think the film’s already been demolished to a degree. There seems to be a massive groundswell of anger about the race issue from the casting of whites vs non-whites. Anywhere online you go to look at websites about the film, there are lots of angry posts by people against the film because of the race issue. I almost think this is a well-organized “takedown” of the film in advance of its premiere. Just from my standpoint, I don’t think the film will do well because of the overuse of CGI.

  • CeeKrativ

    Hey, how about the almost all-Brit cast for HBO’s “Rome”? There were no “Romans” playing the roles of Marc Antony and Caesar etc. Everyone in that cast was a Brit. No one whined then.

  • Lola

    Because Roman nobility was white and you know it. This is not an nationality, or even ethnicity issue. It’s a racial representation issue.

  • CeeKrativ

    No, ancient Rome was a mix of ethnicities. But yes there were some whites and a whole lot of Mediterranean shakin’ going on.

  • Lola

    Notice that I said NOBILITY not all of ancient Rome. Also Mediterranean is not a race.

  • Shenanigans

    they could’ve cast Freida Pinto to lend some credibility….

  • Lola

    lol, um, yes. She was born in Egypt, her line was ruling Egypt for a long time, and while there was some inbreeding in her line they did marry native egyptians at points. She was not 100% white, much less the majority of the people of Egypt

  • CeeKrativ

    It also makes him seem as if he’s done something wrong. I don’t believe he has. All he did was make a stupid film. Maybe all the whiners can go make one of their own starring only Egyptians. Good luck on raising the capital for investment.

  • 😼HH😼

    Guess then they should have had all Italians, since it was in “Rome”……maybe even tweek it to have some extra mafia-like flair.

  • AJ

    That was my first thought too. The reason why I said I wasn’t sure it was the best response. You make some very good and valid points. Besides, aren’t actors paid to pretend to be something or someone else? Isn’t their job to make you believe regardless what they look like.

  • 😼HH😼

    Why is it EVERYTIME you post, I hear a LARGE sucking noise Julia??? Talking about being the #1 suck up to anything and everything Gerry related.

  • MimiB

    Cleopatra was Greek, of the Ptolemaic family, not Egyptian, just for the record. So, Taylor’s casting as Cleopatra, with her dark hair, brown eyes and white skin was completely appropriate.

  • CeeKrativ

    Yes, James Galdofini should have played Caesar and Sinatra baby should have sang the theme song. :)

  • MimiB

    Richard Burton played Marc Antony, who was a Roman, not an Egyptian. Elizabeth Taylor played Cleopatra, who was Greek, not Egyptian.

    ET and RB were NOT a couple prior to filming.

    Please get your facts straight before venturing opinions.

  • CeeKrativ

    It’s a cheesy looking trailer. You haven’t seen the film yet and can’t comment on it.

  • Lola

    copying/pasting bc I already discussed that: “She was born in Egypt, her line was ruling Egypt for a long time, and while there was some inbreeding in her line they did marry native egyptians at points. She was not 100% white, much less the majority of the people of Egypt”