Exodus: Gods and Kings came out on DVD and Blu-Ray in the UK a few days ago, and Flickering Myth has posted a new excerpt from the disc’s bonus features in which Ridley Scott discusses the casting of Aaron Paul as Joshua. As it happens, I have not yet linked to a number of interviews that Paul did while promoting the film a few months ago, so I figured this was as good a time as any to round them up.
Exodus: Gods and Kings video round-up: several TV spots and an eleven-hour (!) video of the burning bush
It’s been a while since I posted any videos for Exodus: Gods and Kings, but the studio has released several new TV spots, most of which feature new footage of Moses’ family, Mount Sinai, Moses tossing his sword into the Red Sea, and so on. The studio has also released what I can only assume is one of the more bizarre promotional videos ever, in the form of an eleven-hour shot of the burning bush displaying the entire Book of Exodus. Check ’em out below the jump.
Only one month to go until Exodus: Gods and Kings begins its international rollout in South Korea on December 3 — and, who knows, we may start to see reviews of the film even sooner than that.
In the meantime, the publicity machine behind the film continues to crank out new photos and videos, including two TV spots that contain a few new bits of footage. You can check them out below the jump, along with some of the new pictures that have been released.
Exodus: Gods and Kings has a rating, a running time, and a new video of Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton
Of the 21 films that Ridley Scott directed prior to making Exodus: Gods and Kings, fully two-thirds were rated R. This includes the historical epics Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, but it does not include the historical epics 1492: Conquest of Paradise or Robin Hood.
So I’ve been wondering what rating Exodus would get from the MPAA when all was said and done. And now we know: it is rated PG-13 for “violence including battle sequences and intense images”.
Exodus: Gods and Kings: lots of new photos and new plot details as the studio previews up to 45 minutes of footage
20th Century Fox, which already screened about half-an-hour of footage for the media two weeks ago, screened even more footage for reporters in New York and Los Angeles yesterday, and plans to do the same in Washington DC next week. The footage may have also screened in Toronto, to go by a report that appeared in the Toronto Sun on Wednesday.
Various details have leaked out from those screenings, and the studio has added to the new information by releasing some new pictures, including photos of actors we had not yet seen in any of the official press materials. Check ’em out below the jump.
The second Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer: a shot-by-shot analysis (lots of swords, a prophecy, and a family)
That’s right, The Matrix. Or at any rate, that’s what I am reminded of when Ben Kingsley shows up and goes all Morpheus on Christian Bale’s Moses, telling him that he’s always felt something was wrong, that he has been deceived his whole life, and that he is the fulfillment of a prophecy regarding a deliverer.
It’s tempting to think that this “prophecy” business is just another movie cliché — it’s certainly not there in the biblical version of Moses’ story — but the first-century historian Josephus actually mentions such a prophecy and says the Hebrew babies were drowned in the Nile around the time of Moses’ birth because of it.
Cecil B. DeMille included this prophecy (and its consequences) in the prologue to The Ten Commandments — and although other characters refer to it later, there is no scene in which anyone actually discusses the prophecy with Moses. So Exodus is unique in having a mentor introduce the hero to his destiny like this.
Apart from that, the trailer mostly sells action, action, action — if the teaser had lots of horses, this one has lots of swords — but it also touches on Moses’ relationships with his “brother” Ramses, his wife Zipporah and his sons Gershom and Eliezer.