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ashleyeleigh:

So there’s this movie about Moses coming out called “Exodus.” This is the cast:

Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses, John Turturro as Ramses’ father Seti, Sigourney Weaver as Ramses’ mother Tuya, Aaron Paul as Hebrew slave Joshua (who leads his people to the Promised Land after Moses) and Ben Kingsley.

This a movie set in ancient Egypt where every character is played by a white actor. Well, except for Ben Kingsley, the “exotic” actor on every casting director’s speed dial.
And if you look in the back of that photo, even the Sphinx is looking mighty Caucasian (thanks to eagle eyed ONTDers for that catch).
Like…I can’t. I just can’t with Hollywood. First Noah’s Arc in Scandinavia and now this.

ashleyeleigh:

So there’s this movie about Moses coming out called “Exodus.” This is the cast:

Joel Edgerton as Pharaoh Ramses, John Turturro as Ramses’ father Seti, Sigourney Weaver as Ramses’ mother Tuya, Aaron Paul as Hebrew slave Joshua (who leads his people to the Promised Land after Moses) and Ben Kingsley.

This a movie set in ancient Egypt where every character is played by a white actor. Well, except for Ben Kingsley, the “exotic” actor on every casting director’s speed dial.

And if you look in the back of that photo, even the Sphinx is looking mighty Caucasian (thanks to eagle eyed ONTDers for that catch).

Like…I can’t. I just can’t with Hollywood. First Noah’s Arc in Scandinavia and now this.

Reblogged from tuisinthekowhai  209 notes
tuisinthekowhai:

A thing I made. So, I have no plans at all to go see Ender’s Game, ok, for the usual “OSC can’t have my money” reasons. Despite that, I still went “um” when I heard they’d cast Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.  And then I saw a production photo of Kingsley with a moko, and read about how they’d apparently consulted with experts to try and get it to look right, and… really, the Maori heritage of your character is that important, but you can’t cast a Maori actor? So here’s a recasting drawing: Temuera Morrison as Mazer Rackham, mostly because I found a good reference photo of him to work from and thought he looked sufficiently staunch in it. I couldn’t find an unfuzzy photo of the moko for the character, unfortunately, so this is the best I could do with a lot of squinting and I apologise to everyone because it’s not as good as it should be, and it is missing some bits because Tem’s got his hair here. I gave him the beard tho, because I suspected he’d be damned fine with a goatee, and indeed t’is so. But anyway. Maori character, Maori actor, la.

tuisinthekowhai:

A thing I made. So, I have no plans at all to go see Ender’s Game, ok, for the usual “OSC can’t have my money” reasons. Despite that, I still went “um” when I heard they’d cast Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham.  And then I saw a production photo of Kingsley with a moko, and read about how they’d apparently consulted with experts to try and get it to look right, and… really, the Maori heritage of your character is that important, but you can’t cast a Maori actor? So here’s a recasting drawing: Temuera Morrison as Mazer Rackham, mostly because I found a good reference photo of him to work from and thought he looked sufficiently staunch in it. I couldn’t find an unfuzzy photo of the moko for the character, unfortunately, so this is the best I could do with a lot of squinting and I apologise to everyone because it’s not as good as it should be, and it is missing some bits because Tem’s got his hair here. I gave him the beard tho, because I suspected he’d be damned fine with a goatee, and indeed t’is so. But anyway. Maori character, Maori actor, la.

New photo released of Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham, a military commander of Maori descent, in “Ender’s Game” (2013). Regarding the  moko, Kingsley says:


“Every gesture in the tattoo carries family history, family struggles – it’s your past,” the actor says. “I was so enthralled. He’s in quite a contained, stylized uniform but then this wonderful face tells his warrior history.”

Rackham is an important character of color in the Ender’s Game novel—and arguably the highest profile Maori character in any upcoming tent pole movie this decade. Roles like this one do not come along often for actors of Pacific Islander descent. While the role is being portrayed by an actor of color, it is hard not to feel disappointed that the production did not cast a Maori actor to play this role.

New photo released of Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham, a military commander of Maori descent, in “Ender’s Game” (2013). Regarding the  moko, Kingsley says:

“Every gesture in the tattoo carries family history, family struggles – it’s your past,” the actor says. “I was so enthralled. He’s in quite a contained, stylized uniform but then this wonderful face tells his warrior history.”

Rackham is an important character of color in the Ender’s Game novel—and arguably the highest profile Maori character in any upcoming tent pole movie this decade. Roles like this one do not come along often for actors of Pacific Islander descent. While the role is being portrayed by an actor of color, it is hard not to feel disappointed that the production did not cast a Maori actor to play this role.

Movie about Persians has no actors of Persian descent in it, because that’s how movie studios roll.  And no, it’s not Prince of Persia 2!

Just what the doctor ordered! Olivier Martinez wears Persian period dress for long-awaited adaptation of The Physician.
But the long awaited adaptation of Noah Gordon’s historical novel The Physician is finally underway, with Olivier Martinez bringing some of his trademark Gallic charm to the affair.
Ironically the Frenchman is actually playing a Persian named Shah Ala ad-Daula in the film, which also stars heavyweights Sir Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgård.

Although there are no actors of Persian descent in the film, there are some actors of Middle Eastern descent in the movie in minor roles.  

Movie about Persians has no actors of Persian descent in it, because that’s how movie studios roll.  And no, it’s not Prince of Persia 2!

Just what the doctor ordered! Olivier Martinez wears Persian period dress for long-awaited adaptation of The Physician.

But the long awaited adaptation of Noah Gordon’s historical novel The Physician is finally underway, with Olivier Martinez bringing some of his trademark Gallic charm to the affair.

Ironically the Frenchman is actually playing a Persian named Shah Ala ad-Daula in the film, which also stars heavyweights Sir Ben Kingsley and Stellan Skarsgård.

Although there are no actors of Persian descent in the film, there are some actors of Middle Eastern descent in the movie in minor roles.