In an upcoming biopic based on the life of Queen Cleopatra of Egypt, Hollywood actor Gal Gadot was recently confirmed to play the role. Her casting as Celopatra quickly attracted the wrath of netizens who went on to condemn Patty Jenkins, the producer.
After casting a white Israeli woman, Jenkins was accused of ‘whitewashing’ to play such a role with individuals proposing better that the part be offered to an African or black actress.
Gadot went on to discuss the criticism in a recent interview and defend her casting in the part, DAILY MAIL reported. Gadot said, “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.
“I have friends from all over the world, whether they are Muslims or Christians or Catholics or atheists or Buddhists or, of course, Jews… People are people. And I want to celebrate Cleopatra’s legacy with me and honour this incredible historical icon that I admire so much.
She went on to speak about her plan to add her own twist to the film. “But, you know, anybody can make this movie and anybody can go ahead and do it. I’m very passionate that I’m gonna do my own, too.”
The latest Cleopatra film will also be produced by Gadot, taking on the part made famous in the 1963 classic of the same name by Elizabeth Taylor. For the first time, through female eyes, both behind and in front of the camera, the biopic will retell the ‘plot,’ Gadot said.