Actor Christian Bale, who plays Moses in the upcoming movie “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” doesn’t appear to be a fan of the biblical figure he’s portraying.
“I think the man was likely schizophrenic and was one of the most barbaric individuals that I ever read about in my life,” Bale said regarding Moses to international reporters last month in Los Angeles.
Since Christianity Today first reported on Bale’s comments Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter said, bloggers and others — a sizeable number who’ve been optimistic about the movie’s prospects for biblical adherence — now aren’t so sure.
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Film critic Peter Chattaway at multi-faith website Patheos.com, for example, seems troubled because Bale “speculates about what was going on inside Moses’ head.” He’s also bothered because director Ridley Scott told Entertainment Weekly that it’s not Moses or God who will part the Red Sea, but that it will be caused by an earthquake.
Faith Driven Consumer, an organization that raised a stink just prior to the opening of Noah, also is disturbed by Bale’s remarks, though founder Chris Stone has yet to pass them along to the group’s followers, which he says numbers in millions via email lists and social media.
As TheBlaze previously reported, Faith Driven Consumer conducted a scientific poll about “Exodus” that found 73 percent of all American adults would be likely to see “Exodus” if it “accurately portrays the biblical account of Moses leading the Jewish people out of captivity.” But it also found that 67 percent of all American adults would be unlikely to see the movie if it doesn’t accurately portray the Bible.
“It’s our sincerest hope that this movie resonates with our community, so we sent them the results of our poll,” Stone told the Hollywood Reporter. “Their response was, ‘we don’t need to have any further conversation.’”
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