The Hollywood industry is often criticized for its lack of portrayal of blacks in the films that come out each year. Just a few years ago, when the CGI-soaked “Gods of Egypt” were about to hit theaters, critics slammed the creators for casting largely white gamers into the movie. history of ancient Egypt. At that time, Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman was very controversial.
In 2015, with the film in a few weeks to hit theaters, Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas apologized for the film’s lack of diversity. Boseman who played the role of Thoth in the film addressed the controversy.
In a conversation with GQ, Chadwick Boseman said he took on the role of Thoth in “ Gods Of Egypt ” precisely to add some diversity to the cast. Boseman also criticized Hollywood which still has a lot of work to do when it comes to inclusiveness.
Boseman said: “I usually try to sort out things like the press controversy, but some people around me have been like, ‘Hey… you might want to watch this.’ And when I was first approached with the script I thought this [critique] could come, I really did. And I’m grateful that I did because I actually agree with him.
The Black Panther star added, “That’s why I wanted to do it, for you to see someone of African descent playing Thoth, the father of mathematics, of astronomy, the god of wisdom. And in the movie, I actually outnumber the other gods in the movie, both literally and figuratively. It is difficult for people to know this without seeing it. But yeah, people don’t make $ 140 million worth of movies starring blacks and maroons. “
Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, but he kept his condition private while continuing to take action while widely supporting cancer charities until his death in 2020 from the disease. Boseman’s film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, was released posthumously that same year and received critical acclaim.
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