Dec 7, 2014 11:48 PM

Scott, Bale defend choice on 'Exodus' casting

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) The biblical film, "Exodus: Gods and Kings," has come under fire 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."


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