Now a days the term “white-washing” has been heard more and more in the film industry. For example, recently we had Ed Skrein leave his role in the upcoming Hellboy reboot because the original version of his character was originally Japanese-American. There was also an uproar over the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One in Marvel’s Dr. Strange. In 2016 Gerard Butler starred in Lionsgate’s Gods Of Egypt which included cast members Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites and Geoffrey Rush. The criticism got so bad that Lionsgate ended up apologizing for their casting.
During an interview with Yahoo! Movies for the film Geostorm, Butler praised the diversity of the cast and said he though that the backlash for Gods Of Egypt was unfair, and that he had no regrets about playing his Egyptian character:
“No, because I think that was, it was, you know, I understand the movement generally, but you consider our movie, one of our leads was based on an Egyptian God [who] was not black. We had Ethiopians [in the film], we had Egyptians [in the film], we had all different actors from all over the place that was never really, they were from everywhere. So, I thought that was a little too much to try and damage a movie like that, I disagree.”
Although maintaining a firm stance on his thoughts on the casting Butler understands the backlash connecting it with the diverse cast in Geostorm saying, “We live in a very diverse world, and by the way, actually, that was one of the main points of the movie — diverse attitudes.”
Unfortunately for Butler, Gods Of Egypt was a disaster in the box office and by the looks of the opening weekend, Warner Bros’s Pictures Geostorm is going to be no different making only $66.8 million worldwide, which included $14.7 million domestically against a $120 million budget. For now it seems like the Scottish actor may want to focus on better films altogether. White-washing seems to be a topic of discussion more and more these days, especially with so many films being made using well known stories.
What are your feelings on “white-washing” characters? Are audiences over-reacting or is there a legitimate problem? Let us know below!
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SOURCE: Yahoo! Movies