Gal Gadot Defends Herself Against Claims Of 'Whitewashed' Casting In 'Cleopatra'

Casting controversies in Hollywood are pretty frequent, especially when it comes to issues of representation.

Gal Gadot recently found herself at the center of a debate over whether her casting as Cleopatra was whitewashing when it was announced in October she would be taking on the role. Gal has now responded to this controversy in an interview.

When Gal was announced as having been cast as Cleopatra, there was a lot of debate online.

While Gal initially remained silent on the controversy, she was recently asked about the drama in a new interview, where she defended the move by explaining that Cleopatra in real life wasn't Egyptian or African so the role couldn't be whitewashed.

"First of all if you want to be true to the facts then Cleopatra was Macedonian," Gal pointed out.

"We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn't there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra," Gal continued.

Gal emphasized that anyone was welcome to tell the story the way they felt fit.

"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."

"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," Gal said.

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h/t: BBC