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Scott, Bale defend choice on Exodus casting

08 December 2014, 11:36

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."

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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