Magazine article Screen International

Toronto: Ridley Scott Questioned over Diversity

Magazine article Screen International

Toronto: Ridley Scott Questioned over Diversity

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At a Toronto press conference for 20th Century Fox's sci-fiepic The Martian, director Ridley Scott was asked to reflect on the diversity in the film, as opposed to the lack thereof in his previous films, in particular Exodus: Gods And Kings.

"I've got no regrets about anything I've ever done," Scott replied.

"I was very proud of Exodus. But when they started saying, 'Well, Jeez, shouldn't Moses have been black and shouldn't the wife have been Ethiopian,' I'm going, 'I don't know, I wasn't there.'

"Therefore, I would never have got it [right] - it would have been limited."

Scott received plenty of heat at the time for his decision to fill all of the principle roles in his 2014 biblical epic with white actors, including Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses.

He was also criticised for his response to the outcry, with reports that his message to anyone who joined a proposed boycott of Exodus was: "Get a life."

Scott's response at The Martian press conference was more measured, while still revealing his unease about addressing the issue. …

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