Exodus isn’t out until December, but Ridley Scott has already faced criticism for casting so many white actors in Egyptian and Middle Eastern roles. The most damning example is how the heroes and royals are almost all played by white actors, while most of the black actors in the movie have minor roles as slaves, thieves, and assassins.
In an interview with Yahoo!, Scott explained why he decided on what is described as an “international” cast.
"Egypt was—as it is now—a confluence of cultures, as a result of being a crossroads geographically between Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. We cast major actors from different ethnicities to reflect this diversity of culture, from Iranians to Spaniards to Arabs. There are many different theories about the ethnicity of the Egyptian people, and we had a lot of discussions about how to best represent the culture.”
This makes about as much sense as the explanation that Darren Aronofsky’s Noah had an all-white cast because it was “mythical.”
These discussions somehow conveniently resulted in white people as the main characters and then black people as the thugs, guards, and thieves.
Funny how that happens and by funny I mean depressing and gross.
"confluence of cultures"
all of them white