Alex Proyas Enraged on Facebook: ‘Gods of Egypt’ Director Blasts Critics for Negative Reviews
“NOTHING CONFIRMS RAMPANT STUPIDITY FASTER,” filmmaker Alex Proyas declares on Facebook, “than reading reviews of my own movies.”
The “Gods of Egypt” director continues to blast critics who skewered his CGI-heavy action-historical picture that courted controversy for casting actors from Scotland (Gerard Butler) and Denmark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) as ancient Egyptians.
He blames the unfavorable coverage on critics succumbing to group-think and political correctness. “I have rarely gotten great reviews… on any of my movies, apart from those by reviewers who think for themselves and make up their own opinions,” the “I, Robot” director says. “Sadly those type of reviewers are nearly all dead.”
Alex Proyas on ‘Gods of Egypt’: Blames ‘Politically Correct’ Movie Reviewers for ‘White-Wash’ Criticism
Continuing, “This time of course they have bigger axes to grind – they can rip into my movie while trying to make their mainly pale asses look so politically correct by screaming ‘white-wash!!!’ like the deranged idiots they all are.”
But “The Crow” director goes on to praise the late critic Roger Ebert, who he says “wasn’t bad.” Proyas fingers critics for falling under the influence of bloggers and other analysis published ahead of the film’s release for its failure. He calls it a “bizarre consensus of opinion” and says texting and social media influence will likely mean the end of movie critics in the future.
“They will probably make them go the way of the dinosaur or the newspaper shortly – don’t movie-goers text their friends with what they thought of a movie? Seems most critics spend their time trying to work out what most people will want to hear. How do you do that? Why these days it is so easy… just surf the net to read other reviews or what bloggers are saying – no matter how misguided an opinion of a movie might be before it actually comes out.”
“Lock a critic in a room with a movie no one has even seen and they will not know what to make of it. Because contrary to what a critic should probably be they have no personal taste or opinion, because they are basing their views on the status quo.”
Chadwick Boseman: Speaks Out on ‘Gods of Egypt’ Whitewashing Comments
Chadwick Boseman, who also stars as the god Thoth in the film, tells GQ he agreed that the film was whitewashed and he joined the picture “so you would see someone of African descent” featured in a prominent part.
Last year Proyas responded to whitewashing criticism, saying in a statement that there are “complicated variables” in casting a film, adding, “but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse.”
Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, said in a statement: “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.”