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12Gods of Egypt (February 2016)

Gods of Egypt review - Gerard Butler

Despite the title, Egyptian actors are nowhere to be found in director Alex Proyas' Gods of Egypt. Instead, the titular gods are mostly played by white actors and actresses, including Gerard Butler as Set, Game of Thrones star Nickolaj Coster-Waldeau as Horas, Geoffrey Rush as Ra,

and Brenton Thwaites as Bek. There are a few people of color in the film, including Chadwick Boseman, who plays Thoth, but the vast majority of the cast is white, and the general public was not happy about it.

The film faced some major backlash for "ethnically inaccurate casting,” as the Associated Press politely termed it, including public criticism from Selma director Ava DuVernay and Chadwick Boseman himself, who said that he agreed with the criticisms and had taken his role so the film would have at least one person of African descent playing a god. Many people pointed out that after the backlash faced by recent Biblical epics (Noah and Exodus: Gods and Kings), director Alex Proyas really should have known better. Proyas and Lionsgate apologized, saying, “it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse.”

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