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Egypt bans Christian Bale-starrer Exodus, calls it historically inaccurate

The studio owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc declined to give a reason for the ban, but films that depict biblical figures have been prohibited before in the country. Reports said the country cited 'historical inaccuracies' as the reason for the ban.

hollywood Updated: Dec 27, 2014 16:58 IST
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Egypt has banned Hollywood's big screen biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, a 20th Century Fox spokesman said on Friday.

The studio owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc declined to give a reason for the ban, but films that depict biblical figures have been prohibited before in the Muslim country.

The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, relates how Moses helped Israelite slaves flee persecution in Egypt under the Pharaoh Ramses by parting the Red Sea to let them cross safely.

The Egyptian culture minister, Gaber Asfour, said the film was rife with mistakes, including an apparent claim that “Moses and the Jews built the pyramids,” wrote The Guardian.

“This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” Asfour said. “It is a Zionist film,” he said. “It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”

Paramount Pictures' Bible tale Noah was banned in several countries in the Middle East this year for its depiction of a prophet, which is forbidden in Islam.

The film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale, dramatises the Bible's Book of Exodus about Moses leading the Jews out of Egypt.

Exodus, which has an estimated $140 million budget, has come under criticism for casting mostly white actors in the lead roles and some historical anachronisms.

Morrocco has also reportedly banned the film, which has so far grossed $107 million in two weeks in worldwide release.

The film's ban comes as Sony Pictures faced a devastating cyberattack blamed on North Korea for The Interview, a raunchy comedy that depicts a fictional plot to assassinate North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.