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Gods of Egypt director slams critics after box office flop

Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas has slammed film critics following a series of bad reviews that led to the film’s flop at the U.S. box office.
The moviemaker’s latest fantasy movie first came under fire for “whitewashing” when it was announced Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau had been cast in Egyptian roles.
The $140 million (£100 million) film never recovered from the controversy and became the biggest box office flop of 2016 when it opened in the U.S. over the weekend (27-28Feb16) with takings of $14 million (£10 million).
Proyas embarked on a lengthy rant at critics on Facebook.com, accusing them of not “thinking for themselves” and simply giving his film a bad review because everybody else had.
He writes, “NOTHING CONFIRMS RAMPANT STUPIDITY FASTER… Than reading reviews of my own movies… This time of course they (critics) have bigger axes to grind – they can rip into my movie while trying to make their mainly pale a**es look so politically correct by screaming ‘white-wash!!!’ like the deranged idiots they all are.
“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. None of them are brave enough to say ‘well I like it’ if it goes against consensus.”
He concluded by praising critics who express their opinion and do not “base it on what the pack-mentality say is good or bad (sic).”
Proyas issued an apology about his casting choices last year (15), writing, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse… I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”

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