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Murdoch on 'Exodus' film: 'Since When Are Egyptians Not White?'

Monday, 01 Dec 2014 01:28 PM

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has hit back at suggestions that the upcoming film "Exodus: Gods and Kings" is "racist" because the main cast consists of Caucasian actors.

Murdoch took to Twitter to defend the decision by producer Ridley Scott to use white actors in the leading roles, including Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rhamses, Aaron Paul as Joshua, Sigourney Weaver as Tuya and John Turturro as Seti.

Murdoch, head of the conglomerate which is producing and distributing the film, tweeted:


But his message caused an even greater backlash, resulting in Murdoch issuing two more tweets, with one of them urging his followers to "calm down," according to CBS News.

That tweet was followed by:

Murdoch's messages came after comments Scott made in an interview with Variety, in which he talked about casting American, European and Australian actors in the movie's major roles.

"I can't mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such," Scott said. "I'm just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn't even come up."

A trailer for the 20th Century Fox film "Exodus: Gods and Kings," which opens in theaters on December 12 and is expected to be a holiday blockbuster, has been released.

Watch the video below.

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