Proyas’ fantasy epic flopped with a $14 million debut despite a budget of $140 million, making him far from flavour of the month with studio Lionsgate.
But the 52-year-old, best known for I, Robot and The Crow, insists that reviewers hate him no matter what he does because they “fail to understand or pretend to not understand what the movie is”.
Proyas drew attention to the backlash Gods of Egypt received when its casting was first announced. Film fans were angry at the decision to put western actors Gerard Butler and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in leading Egyptian roles, as Ridley Scott did in Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Hollywood whitewashing controversies
Hollywood whitewashing controversies
1/11 Scarlett Johansson cast as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell
Blonde, white US actress Scarlett Johansson was announced to be playing the clearly Japanese character Motoko Kusanagi in Hollywood's Ghost in the Shell remake, much to the dismay of Asian film fans
2/11 Tilda Swinton cast as The Ancient One in Doctor Strange
Marvel sparked outrage when Anglo-Scottish actress Tilda Swinton was cast as Tibetan mystic The Ancient One alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange
Zoe Saldana was criticised for 'blacking up' to play the considerably darker-skinned soul singer Nina Simone in Nina
4/11 Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Prince of Persia
The half Jewish, quarter Swedish actor was cast to play a Middle Eastern Prince in Disney's 2010 film
5/11 Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in forthcoming film Pan
Mara was been cast in the role of American Indian Tiger Lily, sparking an online protest from angry film fans
6/11 Christian Bale plays Moses in Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings
Ridley Scott claimed he would never cast 'Mohammed so-and-so from such-and-such a country' in a lead role in his Biblical epic, and went on to cast an entirely white cast instead
7/11 Jim Caveziel plays Jesus in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
Catholic star Mel Gibson chose to cast a Caucasian American actor in the role of Jesus for his controversial film
8/11 Micky Rooney plays a Japanese neighbour in Breakfast at Tiffany's
Who better to play Holly Golightly's Japanese neighbour IY Yunoishi than American actor Mick Rooney. At least Hollywood has come some way since 1961
9/11 Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez in Argo
Ben Affleck became the subject of a few editorials in Latin American newspapers for casting himself (an American with English, Irish, Scottish and Swiss ancestry) as a Mexican CIA operative
10/11 Jennifer Connelly plays Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind
Alicia Lopez-Harrison de Lardé was a naturalised US citizen from El Salvador, but was played by an actress of Jewish, Irish and Norwegian descent
11/11 Chinese actresses cast in Memoirs of a Geisha
What better way to alienate Japanese cinemagoers than to cast three Chinese actresses in the lead roles in a film about Japanese culture
“This time of course they have bigger axes to grind - they can rip into my movie while trying to make their mainly pale asses look so politically correct by screaming ‘Whitewash!’ like the deranged idiots they all are,” Proyas wrote. “Seems most critics spend their time trying to work out what most people will want to hear. Lock a critic in a room with a movie no one has even seen and they will not know what to make of it.
“Because contrary to what a critic should probably be they have no personal taste or opinion, because they are basing their views on the status quo. None of them are brave enough to say ‘Well, I like it’ if it goes against consensus. Therefore they are less than worthless.”
Proyas did spare a moment to praise the late, great Roger Ebert, who apparently “wasn’t bad” as a critic with his “contagious” passion for film. Now, the director has decided, we are left with “a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass, trying to peck to the rhythm of the consensus”.
So there you go, aspiring film critics. Alex Proyas already hates you.Reuse content