In the wake of the release of the trailer for Alex Proyas’ Egyptian deities epic “Gods Of Egypt” the other month, much of the ensuing chatter about the CG-heavy action film was about the inaccuracy of an almost all white cast playing in an ancient Egyptian setting.
The problem was enough that both Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas have already had to issue apologies about the film’s lack of diversity. Now one of the few stars of colour in the film, “Black Panther” star himself Chadwick Boseman, has spoken with GQ about the problem. Boseman has defended his participation, saying he took the role precisely to add some diversity to the cast:
“I generally try to tune things like press controversy out, but some people around me told me, ‘Hey… you might wanna look at this.’ And when I originally was approached with the script, I thought this [critique] might come up, I really did.
And I’m thankful that it did, because actually, I agree with it. That’s why I wanted to do it, so you would see someone of African descent playing Thoth, the father of mathematics, astronomy, the god of wisdom. And in the movie, I actually outnumber the other gods in the movie, literally and figuratively. It’s hard for people to know that without seeing it.
But yeah, people don’t make $140 million movies starring black and brown people. [Shakes head.]”
Will the racial controversy be forgotten when the film opens on February 25th 2016?