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Bale, Scott defend ‘Exodus’ casting

02:15 AM December 10, 2014

NEW YORK—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.”

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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.

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.” AP

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