what do you think of whitewashing in hollywood? especially with ridley scotts exodus. white people playing Egyptians like it's still the 1950s.
it’s disgraceful. a shame bc i like ridley scott & the white lead actors in that movie, too. when you look at imdb, there are some actors of color in the cast (most notably ben kingsley), but they are playing supporting roles.
i think this about sums it up:
obvs there are so many factors at play here like the limited bankability of movie stars & studios not greenlighting movies without certain people in certain roles; so on the one hand, you can’t blame everything on scott or the actors, but on the other hand, you’ve got to hold the decision makers accountable & say, like, you know what, why not cast somebody like rami malek or tahar rahim instead of aaron paul (not the lead role, but a significant role that could go a long way in representation). why not shohreh aghdashloo instead of sigourney? or, how about, you know, like actual JEWS (hell, at least the ten commandments had edgar g. robinson).
i think you could probably have still funded this movie with bale as moses (in a compromise), but cast poc in those other three or four key roles, without much of an impact on box office. unfortunately, dollars are all that matter in hollywood & studios are inherently conservative. representation doesn’t even cross their minds, usually.
david gordon green, martin ritt, robert mulligan, william wellman, allan dwan, gregory la cava, robert wise, stanley donan, kelly reichardt, mary harron, lynne ramsay, abel gance, john carpenter (debatable—depends on who you’re asking), vincenzo natali
this is kind of hard to answer, since many filmmakers are critically lauded & win international prizes for their films but never get distribution in the US & comparatively few people ever get a chance to see their films…tricky designation, “underrated.”
what if u become friends with someone whose film u wrote negatively about and they saw it?
this is such a random hypothetical, but i guess in that case i’d say i was just giving my honest opinion, doing my job & that one bad review doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. also, if you’re making movies, you need to get used to people reviewing them, sometimes negatively. toughen up.
“'Ishtar' is a truly dreadful film, a lifeless, massive, lumbering exercise in failed comedy. Elaine May, the director, has mounted a multimillion-dollar expedition in search of a plot so thin that it hardly could support a five-minute TV sketch. And Beatty and Hoffman, good soldiers marching along on the trip, look as if they've had all wit and thought beaten out of them. This movie is a long, dry slog. It's not funny, it's not smart and it's interesting only in the way a traffic accident is interesting.”—roger ebert’s review of ISHTAR doesn’t mess around
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