Gods of Egypt is finally premiering this week, but no matter how weel it does (or how poorly) it will always be remembered mainly for causing such an uproar, the director was forced to apologize. But it’s just the latest in a long line of movies where characters of color are played by white actors. Movies that should have known better.
Just look at how many films have fallen into this trap just since the turn of the millennium. This list is restricted to just genre movies, and only films from the past 15 years—and still, there are far more than there should be.
1) Gods of Egypt
Starting with the most recent one: this is a movie where the ancient Egyptian sun god is played by Geoffrey Rush. And Gerard Butler is playing the god Set. And when you think of…