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Ridley Scott: A ‘Mohammad So-and-So’ Can’t Lead A Movie


So Ridley Scott’s new movie Exodus is being rightly criticized for the lack of diversity in its leading characters. The Egyptian population which is a ethnically diverse mixture of North African, sub-Saharan African, Middle Eastern and some European ancestry.

Haroon Moghul summed up the controversy nicely when he said “A white guy named Christian can be Moses, but any color guy named Muhammad can’t lead a movie. Any movie.”

So remember that people of color especially those of you named Muhammad, also I wonder what  this Muhammad would have to say about the fear of the name Muhammad.

Ridley Scott Refused to Cast ‘Mohammad So-and-So’ in New Film

Ridley Scott has responded to months of criticism over the lack of ethnic diversity in his latest film, Exodus: Gods and Kings, saying that his decision to to cast white actors in key roles was due to financial reasons.

“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 Muhammad so-and-so from such-and-such,” the Gladiator director told Variety magazine in an interview this week.

“I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”

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*The “expert on race ” Rupert Murdoch also know for his “tolerance and love of diversity” has chimed in

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  • moraka

    And yet the data was to incomplete to show what his ethnicity was. Which would be weird for him to be white since the ancient Egyptians where Semites.

  • Best_Reviews

    DNA test proved he is white of Western European descent , and don’t call him a nazi.

  • Hynix

    Arts should be kept away from any sort of biases. Artists should be recognized on the basis of their talent. Movies are also art form. Nobody should cast aspersion whether the artist is Muslim, Christian, Jew or else.

  • Identify where I said Tom Cruise was not in the movie at all.
    The fact that an individual is in a movie does NOT mean that he played the character after which the film is titled!
    Which part do you not comprehend?
    What, do you also think that because Burt Lancaster was in Zulu Dawn that therefore he must play a Zulu?
    Charlton Heston starred in Planet of the Apes so therefore he played an ape?
    Fay Wray starred in King Kong so therefore she played the role of King Kong?
    What sense does that make?
    And as a bonus, since you are clearly out of your element: yes there has actually been a white Samurai. He was English, and it was the sixteenth century. The only foreign Samurai in Japanese history to my knowledge.

    And if money is the $tandard by which you measure “doing something right,” your problems are deeper than lack of English comprehension.

  • Jim

    It’s a shame to see a statement like that from the director of Kingdom of Heaven — a film that, for all its faults, contained a good portrayal of Saladin by actor Ghassan Massoud. Hopefully we’ll eventually see a historical epic with Saladin as the subject or main character; at least we know the job of making a movie like that will fall to a more forward-thinking filmmaker than Scott.

  • Paul Mooney is an idiot.
    The titular “Last Samurai” was NOT played by Tom Cruise, as is often supposed by those who have never seen the film.

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