Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Horus in “Gods of Egypt.”
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LOS ANGELES: An unusual thing happened in Hollywood on a recent weekend: Director Alex Proyas and Lionsgate apologized for ethnically inaccurate casting in "Gods of Egypt" – a full three months before the movie is set to hit theaters.In the jointly issued statements responding to social media criticism, Proyas acknowledged that the choices should have been more diverse and Lionsgate pledged to do better in the future.It's also a reminder of how it often takes Hollywood years to make a movie, causing some films to lag behind shifting social attitudes when they're finally released.Still, public backlash to castings that are seen as inauthentic are almost inevitable now.Director Ridley Scott brushed off condemnations at the time, blaming the model of financing Hollywood movies for his choices.Lionsgate was in a tricky spot with "Gods of Egypt". The "Exodus" controversy seems ages old to the public, but "Gods of Egypt" had its main cast set over a year before "Exodus" hit theaters last December and wrapped shooting long before Scott's choices were being publicly lambasted.Casting directors contacted by the Associated Press did not want to comment for this story but the Casting Society of America issued a statement applauding Proyas and Lionsgate for recognizing that authenticity in casting is critical, and reiterating that its members are committed to diversity.
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