Time to round up some Exodus: Gods and Kings bits.
First up, Flicks and Bits has this poster for the film’s Dutch release, which will apparently take place on December 18 — fifteen days after the film opens in South Korea, and six days after it opens in North America. It’s not a great poster, but it’s less lame than some of the other ones we’ve seen. (One of the most recent posters, which seems to show Moses and Ramses fighting each other even though they aren’t even looking at each other, is particularly strange.)
Second, Sigourney Weaver was interviewed by her old friend (and Dave co-star) Kevin Kline for Gotham magazine, and along the way she drops a few hints about how Queen Tuya, her character in Exodus, tries to influence her son Ramses:
KK: Tell me about the new film. Is this the biblical Exodus or the Leon Uris Exodus?
SW: It’s the biblical one, and I play Tuya, the wife of one of the pharaohs. My son is Ramses the Great, played by Joel Edgerton. John Turturro is the Pharaoh Seti. I’m not his favorite wife, but I’m the mother of the prince. To keep my power, I need my son to become pharaoh. Moses, played by Christian Bale, is the golden boy. He makes my son look impulsive and small-minded. Through the whole movie, in basically every scene I have, it’s: “Kill Moses.” “Why didn’t you kill Moses?” “For crying out loud, will you please kill Moses!”
KK: It must have taken five minutes to make you into an Egyptian queen.
SW: My dear makeup artist, Linda DeVetta, transformed me. I had the most beautiful costumes by Janty Yates. They found these craftspeople I haven’t worked with since the last time I worked with Ridley [on 1492: Conquest of Paradise]. They took scarab beetles and peacock feathers and made them into a headdress for me. It’s mind-boggling the things I paraded around in.
KK: Do you think Ramses would be king in spite of his mother or because of her?
SW: I have a lot to do with him becoming Ramses the Great. Even though he doesn’t do what I say, he knows I’m right. At a certain point, he realizes it.
KK: His willful disobedience shows a certain kind of power, doesn’t it?
SW: That’s true.
KK: What parts of the role have had the most personal resonance for you? What aspect of your own personality were you able to draw upon for the role?
SW: Well I do love eye makeup.
KK: [Laughs] So that was your connection to the character?
SW: Have you ever done an ancient epic?
KK: I played Prometheus in college, but on the screen, no. Is the historical fiction in the script the backstory?
SW: You don’t feel like you’re in a biblical epic. It’s accessible. They were focusing on the relationships.
KK: So it’s relevant?
SW: I think it is. I’m only in court, a woman without any power, but someone who is pretending she’s the most powerful woman in Egypt. And her son doesn’t even listen to her! I don’t get to go on the chariots or on the Red Sea parting, [but] it’s going to be everything you want a Ridley Scott movie to be—gorgeous, suspenseful, out there.
KK: Reports say you have some va-va-voom costumes.
SW: They certainly are va-va-voom, because they wanted me to be a total sexpot. And it’s a waste, because all my energy is going into my son.
KK: In the movie is your husband actively rapacious?
SW: He seems so pro-Moses. He knew that if he were to let me through his door, all I would do is say, “Kill Moses.” I found it very interesting to play someone in a court. There’s a lot of politics, and we don’t live like that, though occasionally, we’ll be out at a party in Hollywood and I’ll think everyone is playing a role.
Did you catch the part where Weaver says her character has “a lot to do with” her son “becoming Ramses the Great”? I cannot help but wonder if that supports my theory that Tuya will kill her husband to make Ramses Pharaoh, the same way Commodus killed his father to prevent Maximus from becoming the Emperor in Gladiator.
Third, the Los Angeles Times has a short interview with costume designer Janty Yates, accompanied by pictures of her design for Ramses’ gold armour and a photo of Joel Edgerton wearing it (minus the headpiece, which I haven’t seen in any of the photos from this film; in the ads, he wears something shorter and made of gold):
Fourth, we have the usual batch of new pictures via the film’s Facebook page:
Check out earlier photos and images from Exodus: Gods and Kings here:
- Unofficial photos from the set (October 22, 2013)
- The first two official photos from the film (December 30, 2013)
- Moses runs into battle (January 13, 2014)
- Sixteen photos from Entertainment Weekly, People and others (July 1, 2014)
- The first three posters (July 8, 2014)
- A sword to the throat, spears, and Moses wearing earbuds (July 17, 2014)
- Our first look at Moses’ wife (July 24, 2014)
- Four photos from Empire magazine (August 6, 2014)
- Moses’ armour and Tuya’s headgear in Entertainment Weekly (August 15, 2014)
- The “international cast” via Yahoo! Australia (August 26, 2014)
- Three more photos from Empire magazine (August 28, 2014)
- “It’s an immense production” (September 9, 2014)
- Horses, costumes, and director Ridley Scott directing (September 16, 2014)
- Kadesh-themed countdown to the trailer (September 30, 2014)
- Images from the official website, and others (October 17, 2014)
- Three more posters, plus images from Total Film magazine (October 24, 2014)
- Ten Facebook photos and video-GIFs (November 3, 2014)
And check out earlier videos and my shot-by-shot trailer analyses here:
- The first trailer (July 8, 2014)
- The ‘The World’ featurette (September 3, 2014)
- The ‘Locations’ featurette (September 10, 2014)
- The ‘Costume Design’ featurette (September 17, 2014)
- The ‘Creating the Action’ featurette (September 24, 2014)
- The second trailer (October 1, 2014)
- Micro-interviews with Christian Bale and Ridley Scott (October 17, 2014)
- Interview with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton (October 21, 2014)
- Interview with Ridley Scott (October 28, 2014)
- The ‘Something Is Coming’ and ‘Two Brothers’ TV spots (November 3, 2014)