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‘Gods of Egypt’ Director Alex Proyas Fires Back at Film Critics

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Amid an avalanche of negative reviews, and an abysmal $14 million opening weekend, “Gods of Egypt” director Alex Proyas took aim at film critics, calling them “a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass.”

“This time of course they have bigger axes to grind,” he wrote Sunday on Facebook. “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. They fail to understand, or chose to pretend to not understand what this movie is, so as to serve some bizarre consensus of opinion which has nothing to do with the movie at all.”

REVIEW: “Gods of Egypt” Isn’t a Glorious Mess, It’s a Garish Disaster

The $140 million fantasy spectacle came under fire well before its release for a predominantly white cast — Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Gerard Butler and Geoffrey Rush, among them — playing the roles of Egyptian characters, which led to an apology from Lionsgate and Proyas.

Read Proyas’ full Facebook post below:

NOTHING CONFIRMS RAMPANT STUPIDITY FASTER…Than reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the…

Posted by Alex Proyas on Sunday, February 28, 2016

Comments

  • afrocarter

    Dude, just deal with the fact that your movie was shitty and ill-advised.

  • afrocarter

    Dude, just deal with the fact that your movie was shitty and ill-advised.

  • ClarissaDarling

    This popcorn is too salty.

  • Harlock999

    Is the origin of C-3PO’s red arm REALLY a “burning question” in anyone’s mind?

  • Alex W

    Looks like he Tranked under the pressure.

  • Jp

    All this from a guy who’s made mostly crap movies.

  • Daniel Ketchum

    Just be man enough to admit it when you screw up.

  • Han Sola

    This movie is so bad, that black people are actually relieved that they aren’t part of it!

  • Unretributed

    Nope

  • Unretributed

    I’m black and I approve this message

  • Unretributed

    Anyone who watched at least one trailer for this already knew it was going to be dog shit so…

  • Kal-Il AKA Ultraman

    yeah because The Crow is not a masterpiece or anything….

  • kalorama

    When will creators (in film, comics, TV and other media) learn that getting into internet orchestrated pissing matches with their critics is a sucker’s game that they can never win?

  • Alex W

    Poor Chadwick Boseman

  • Alex W

    I re-watched it recently. It’s alright but it’s no masterpiece.

  • Planetary

    I don’t know if I’d call The Crow a “masterpiece”, but it’s certainly an awesome film. Now Dark City…..

  • butters911

    He sounds like a really insecure person.

  • James Penny

    You know, if a movie sucks, it’s okay to say it sucks. It doesn’t have to just be bad casting, bad acting, a bad storyline, bad dialogue or bad special effects, it can be a mixture of these reasons. In other words, even if there was white washing done in this movie (which I don’t necessarily approve of ) I’m sure there are other reasons this movie was bad.

  • ratedrnightwing

    I’d hate to be the money man at the studio that approved this one lol

  • Fran Sad

    Come on, Alex, don’t be such a bad loser! You made shitty movies for more than fifteen years and your last one stinks of the bottom. But I shall all the same go to see it because it feels as stupidly fun as The Shock of the Titans and I need to empty my head.

  • ClarissaDarling

    I want you to know that I found this comment so hilarious that I took a screencap and sent it to my husband and we had a good laugh. The Crow…

  • J.p. Ducey

    Haven’t seen the movie but his analysis of movie critics is 100% correct. These are the same people who panned DEADPOOL. The problem being is that his movie bombed and clearly didn’t connect with audiences or even draw them in, therefore everything he says now is going to sound like sour grapes. Best to not say anything at all. I do have an interest in seeing this movie, but mostly just to see how bad it is.

  • J.p. Ducey

    Exactly. It’s a no win situation. Learn from Trank and Paul Feig.

  • http://picklepuss57.tumblr.com/ Picklepuss Dill

    …is one of my favorite movies. ♥

  • Joe Littrell

    He realizes that he and his film are the “dying carcass” in this scenario, right?

  • QueerJock2

    Deadpool has an 83 percent at Rotten Tomatoes. That’s far from panned.

  • QueerJock2

    Deadpool has an 83 percent at Rotten Tomatoes. That’s far from panned.

  • QueerJock2

    At least he has Civil War in a few months.

  • QueerJock2

    His defense is utter bollocks. Critics at large generally have no problem with whitewashing. It’s an issue that only just recently started getting more attention thanks to the internet, but as far as I can tell, for most professional critics, it’s a non-issue.

    For example, Pan and Aloha were primarily saved for nonsensical writing and shitty directing, not the fact that they had white women playing women of color. So for him to say the only reason critics hate his movie is because he had a bunch of Europeans playing Africans is silly. He just made a crap movie and is mad that people don’t like it.

    Get over it. Everyone in Hollywood has made at least one terrible movie.

  • FiachSidhe

    Maybe, just maybe the movie sucks. AND it has lazy Hollywood style white washed casting. But then again everyone who complained about Thor’s Heimdall being black was accused of being racist.

  • FiachSidhe

    Fun movie, but masterpiece? Hardly.

  • a boy and his blog

    I also thought Knowing was criminally under appreciated, probably because it starred Nic Cage, but I loved it.

  • Evan Lerman

    Makes a movie called Gods of Egypt, which stars no Egyptians; doesn’t know why people don’t take it seriously. LOL.

  • ChaosVortex

    Sorry Darling, that’s just from his tears.
    XD

  • ChaosVortex

    Sorry Darling, that’s just from his tears.
    XD

  • Jackie Smith

    “The bones of a dying carcass” is that piece of shit movie he put out…

    Don’t be mad, boo….

  • fangor

    lol, I would surely check this out on netflix or cable when it lands. But it ends there.

  • mfactor

    I was more concerned that it looked terrible than the whitewashing.

  • Wedman

    It’s a shame that nowadays every film is scrutinised to check if its casting is representative of the ‘diversity’ in our society.

    We are more political with out art and entertainment than any totalitarian regime ever was.

    Those dumbs who complain…they will destroy HAPPY & FUN.

  • nycplayboy78

    YASSSSS :)

  • nycplayboy78

    ^^ THIS ^^

  • nycplayboy78

    BOY BYE!!!!

  • BigAl_81

    As a fellow Aussie, can I just go on record and say Proyas is an overrated hack forever dining out on the fact he directed “The Crow” way back when. I say to him let it go mate, just move the fvck on already.

  • Let’sBeFriends

    Dark City is brilliant, yes.

  • Let’sBeFriends

    Dark City is brilliant, yes.

  • B1ackPhoenix98

    I thought it was a great movie. Sure, the mythology was not correct, but as a movie it was very well done.

  • B1ackPhoenix98

    I thought it was a great movie. Sure, the mythology was not correct, but as a movie it was very well done.

  • Outside

    Somehow I doubt this is something thats going to keep them up at night.

  • Outside

    Somehow I doubt this is something thats going to keep them up at night.

  • FasterthanShaun

    Oh, this’ll go well.

  • Audomarus Fridia

    It is not your fault, it was the scenarist’s fault.

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  • Tophman

    I suppose that’s the problem. People assume that it is supposed to be the origin of the Egyptian Mythology we all know. Rather it’s a sci-fi interpretation of it (much as “Stargate” was before it).

    And yes, it was much more enjoyable to me than that highly praised “Godzilla” movie (seriously? a movie about a giant rampaging monster where you hardly saw the titular character at all?) from a few years back.

  • Tophman

    I suppose that’s the problem. People assume that it is supposed to be the origin of the Egyptian Mythology we all know. Rather it’s a sci-fi interpretation of it (much as “Stargate” was before it).

    And yes, it was much more enjoyable to me than that highly praised “Godzilla” movie (seriously? a movie about a giant rampaging monster where you hardly saw the titular character at all?) from a few years back.

  • LA Julian

    Proyas = Figjam, eh?

  • LA Julian

    Proyas = Figjam, eh?

  • J.p. Ducey

    a lot of fan reviews on there