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Christian Bale said movie fans needed to consider the business side of getting films made

Christian Bale said movie fans needed to consider the business side of getting films made

Christian Bale said movie fans needed to consider the business side of getting films made

Christian Bale and Ridley Scott have defended the casting of white actors as Egyptians in the main roles of biblical film Exodus: Gods And Kings.

Director Ridley implied investors liked big-name actors, not local international stars, saying he had to assemble the best possible cast for a film "on a budget of this scale".

And he told those trying to boycott the film: "I say, get a life."

Exodus: Gods and Kings, which had its New York premiere on Sunday, cost an estimated 140 million dollars (£88m).

Christian, who plays Moses, said he understood the frustration, but also saw the business side of getting films made.

He said audiences could play a part in helping more international actors win roles in major movies and if people started supporting the films, "financiers in the market will follow".

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