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Gal Gadot Defends ‘Cleopatra’ Casting Against ‘Whitewashing’ Backlash




Gal Gadot has responded to backlash regarding her being cast as Cleopatra.
Critics suggested the iconic part should be played by an Arab or African actress.

“First of all if you want to be true to the facts then Cleopatra was Macedonian. We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra."

“I have friends from across the globe, whether they’re Muslims or Christian or Catholic or atheist or Buddhist, or Jewish, of course… People are people, and with me I want to celebrate the legacy of Cleopatra and honour this amazing historic icon that I admire so much.”

"You know, anybody can make this movie and anybody can go ahead and do it. I’m very passionate that I’m going to do my own, too.”

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Tags: casting / auditions, film - in development, gal gadot
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