Christian Bale is one of those actors who always gives everything to the roles he takes on, and Moses is no exception. In these dramatic new stills from Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, we see Bale and co-star Joel Edgerton retelling the story of one of the most iconic Old Testament characters, Moses, as he fights against Pharaoh and leads 600,00 slaves to freedom – parting the Red Sea and scribbling down the ten commandments along the way.
Scott has also assembled many more block-busting names for his movie, including Sir Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro and Aaron Paul, but as Edgerton points out to Entertainment Weekly, “When you’re Ridley, you pick up the phone and people will turn up. I had to battle demons of self-doubt to feel like I belonged in this club.”
Ridley Scott is filled with admiration for Moses, saying that his biblical journey was even more epic than he remembered. “What I thought I knew about Moses I didn’t really,” Scott says. “Either I wasn’t paying attention in Sunday school or I had forgotten. I was knocked out by who he was and the basics of the story—it has to be one of the greatest adventures and spiritual experiences that could ever have been.”
Christian Bale, too, thinks the man was an incredible person, and points out that it was a gritty, grim world Moses inhabited. “There’s nothing mild about the Exodus or Moses,” he says. “He’s one of the most fascinating characters that I’ve ever studied. I think Achilles is described as the most passionate man alive but I think Moses would give him a very good run for his money.”
Joel Edgerton, having gotten over his self-doubt, was then stunned into submission once again when he was cast as the Pharaoh of Egypt, complete with shaved head. “You take the hair off a man you never know what he’s going to look like. It’s like when you throw a bucket of water on a little dog,” jokes the actor. “When Ridley first called me I have to admit I was like, ‘Really, me—Pharaoh of Egypt?’ But he made it work.”
Edgerton also touches on the relationship between Rameses and Moses, who begin the story as close allies. “There’s a deep connection between the two of us,” says Edgerton. “It becomes a really complicated relationship that starts with a lot of love and companionship and ends with destruction.”
Exodus: Gods and Kings will be released in the US on December 12.
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