Gerard Butler Flop was crushed in a casting dispute

Written by Nathan Kamal | 37 seconds ago

distance 300It looked like Gerard Butler was destined to be a star. He came up with acting the traditional way, by getting so drunk that he was fired from a law firm just a week before qualifying to practice law, then struggled until he was named the main character in Dracula 2000. After a number of small, but increasingly prominent roles in Hollywood such as the James Pierce Brosnan Bond film Tomorrow never diesAngelina Jolie movie Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – Cradle of LifeAnd era of fire (The 2020 movie in which Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey fight dragons in the far future), the Scottish actor cast as the Greek King Leonidas in the 5th century BC. Zack Snyder (based on Frank Miller’s comic strip) depicted the Battle of Thermopylae and the battle of Spartan soldiers against the invading Persian Empire that struck a chord with audiences (if not with critics who hardly pointed to xenophobia). Once “This Is Sparta” became an early meme and a rallying cry of ferret bros everywhere, it was pretty much ready. Or so it seemed, navigating between commercially successful but critically ridiculed romantic comedies and increasingly poorly received action films such as law abiding citizen and mAkin the preacher’s gun. Action fantasy 2016 movie Egyptian gods It was supposed to be the lifeblood of getting back on the A-list for Gerard Butler, but instead, it just dropped completely. What happened?

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for one thing, Egyptian gods It’s a very strange concept to build on a franchise. The film treats the myths of ancient Egypt as something like a mini-game being remixed. In this world, deities are nine feet tall (done by Lord of the rings-style perspective forced, or in the words of the film makers, “reverse hobbit”) and living among humans. Gerard Butler plays Judd of the Desert, not even trying to change his Scottish accent. Nikolai Coster-Waldau plays Horus in a very similar role to the cynical and arrogant Jaime Lannister in game of thrones. The complex and incomprehensible religious practices of ancient Egypt boil down to a family feud, and at one point Gerard Butler gathers body parts from other deities to transform himself into some kind of evil, the divinely powerful Voltron and kills himself. To let the space worm devour all existence until it becomes immortal. It’s weird.

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Let’s do some table setting about Gerard Butler and the Gods of Egypt and how it came about. The film was produced by Lionsgate (its subsidiary Summit Entertainment) as the production company was riding high on the unexpected success of the film. hunger Games Franchise business. Starring the bitter future/youth romance, Jennifer Lawrence’s saga became a pop culture sensation, breaking box office records and positioning the company to build itself in competition with the likes of Universal and Warner Bros. They hired a writing team from Matt Sasama and Burke Sharpless, who had previously written the surprisingly successful book. unspeakable dracula And The last witch hunter. Director Alex Proyas was brought in to develop an original franchise; He is best known for his classic gothic romantic work of the 1990s the crowBut she made her inner ways into the mainstream with Will Smith I’m a robot. Gerard Butler was hired as a well-known pseudonym and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau for game of thrones Impulse and rapidly rising actor Brenton Thwaites as the brave young star. Academy Award winner Jeffrey Rush added some critical respect and it all seemed to go to the gods of Egypt.

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This is even photography Egyptian gods It started, and an article in The Daily Life noted that Gerard Butler and every other actor in a movie called Gods of Egypt and its setting in ancient Egypt happened to be very white. And it didn’t help that Ridley Scott’s talk Exodus: Gods and Kings He had received similar criticism for casting ancient Egyptian and Jewish roles with actors such as Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver and Joel Edgerton playing the role more appropriately for the Dutch-Australian, Pharaoh Ramses II. Apparently realizing that they had begun production of a film that had already been disrupted by their casting decisions, Alex Proyas and Lionsgate issued a public apology for the bleaching before the film’s release. Unfortunately, this all seemed to be to highlight the fact that they were moving forward with their insensitive portrayal of racism regardless. Or, as one critic put it:

An apology is an attempt to get both ways. They want their cast of choice and they don’t want people to stand against them as a white cast.

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Guess which of these is the hero.

Hard to say whether Egyptian gods It would have been beneficial to Gerard Butler (and anyone else’s career) without having the bad timing and bad decision making to be caught up in the escalating wave of reckoning regarding Hollywood’s long history of bleaching. It ended up losing an estimated $90 million to Lionsgate, and Rotten Tomatoes had a dismal 15% score. Even worse, it was simply not remembered as a disaster, simply completely forgotten. Egyptian gods It is a strange mixture of action, imagination, goodwill and cultural chauvinism. Even 300 Gerard Butler couldn’t carry out this order.

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