Scott, Bale defend choice on 'Exodus' casting
Dec. 08, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — The biblical film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" has come under criticism for casting white actors in the film's main roles as Egyptians.
But director Ridley Scott has a message for those trying to boycott the film: "I say get a life."
Scott says he's had to assemble the best possible cast for a film "on a budget of this scale."
That means investors like big-name actors, not local international stars.
"Exodus: Gods and Kings" cost an estimated $140 million dollars.
British actor Christian Bale, who stars as Moses, understands the frustration, but sees the business side of getting films made.
He feels audiences can play a part in helping more international actors get cast in major films.
If people start supporting the films, "financiers in the market will follow."