Gods of Egypt is a 2016 fantasy movie, directed by Alex Proyas, that portrays ancient Egyptian deities. The movie stars Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, Chadwick Boseman, Elodie Yung, Courtney Eaton, Rufus Sewell and Geoffrey Rush. Take a look below for 26 more fun and fascinating facts about Gods of Egypt.
1. The movie portrays a mortal Egyptian hero who partners with the Egyptian god Horus to save the world from Set and rescue his love.
2. While the movie’s production budget was $140 million, the parent company, Lionsgate’s, financial exposure was less than $10 million due to tax incentives and pre-sales.
3. When Lionsgate began promoting the movie in November, 2015, it received backlash for its predominantly white cast playing Egyptian deities. In response, Lionsgate and director Alex Proyas apologized for ethnically inaccurate casting.
4. The movie was poorly reviewed by critics, who criticized its choice of cast, script, acting and special effects. The reviews prompted an angry response from Alex Proyas.
5. The movie is based on the Egyptian myth “The Contendings of Horus and Set,” in which Set and Horus battled for the rule of Egypt.
6. It was filmed in the Australian desert as filming in the Sahara was considered too dangerous.
7. In Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, the title of the movie was changed to “Kings of Egypt.”
8. Gerard Butler said that as soon as he read the word “God” in the script to describe his character, he knew he would have to get very fit for the role. He said he started his workouts immediately because he plays a God in the movie and, “wanted to make sure he looked like one by the time shooting began.”
9. Gods of Egypt and Mad Max: Fury Road have about 200 of the same cast and crew members, including first assistant director P.J. Voeten, visual effects supervisor Julian Dimset, stunt member Tim Wong, and actors Courtney Eaton and Abbey Lee.
10. The serpentine creature featured in the trailer is Apophis, an Egyptian deity of chaos that is usually depicted as a snake in Egyptian art and hieroglyphs.
11. Director Alex Proyas was born in Egypt, to Greek parents who moved to Australia when he was 3 years old.
12. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau got down to 7% body fat for his role in the movie.
13. The staff like weapon that some of the gods are wielding is called a “war scepter,” and was associated with people in power in ancient Egypt, specifically the gods and the ruling pharaoh.
14. Set’s armor resembles a sha. Horus’ armor resembles a falcon. Hathor’s headdress resembles a cow. Thoth’s headdress resembles an ibis.
15. Gods of Egypt is Alex Proyas’ first feature movie in seven years. The previous one was Knowing.
16. Gods of Egypt is the first feature movie to shoot with Panavision’s new Primo 70 series of lenses.
17. In the movie, souls pass to the afterlife by having their richness weighed on a scale against a feather by Anubis. In Egyptian mythology, the souls placed their hearts on a scale, as a symbol of the flaws and virtues, which is why the internal organs such as hearts were mummified.
18. In Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau plays Jaime Lannister, a “lion” who is a king slayer. In Gods of Egypt, he plays Horus, a king who is a lion slayer.
19. In the movie, the father of Osiris and Set is referred to as Ra, but in Egyptian Mythology, it’s Geb.
20. In some stories from Egyptian mythology, Set, Horus, Osiris, Nephthys and Isis are all siblings.
21. In the movie, both of Horus’s eyes are torn out, then restores to him later. In Egyptian mythology, only one eye is torn out.
22. Gods of Egypt marks the second collaboration between Rufus Sewell and Alex Proyas after Dark City.
23. Rachel Blake Nicolaj was cast as Isis. Horus’ mother is a year younger than Coster-Waldau. Bryan Brown, who plays Osiris, Ra’s son, is 4 years older than Geoffrey Rush, who played Ra.
24. The architect of the tower dedicated to Ra says it’s 2,220 cubits high, which is 1,015 meters or 3,330 feet. When the movie was released, the tallest structure in the world was the Burj Khalifa, at 829.8 meters or 2,722 feet.
25. Composer Marco Beltrami, who scored Alex Proyas’s previous movies, Knowing and I, Robot, returned to score Gods of Egypt.
26. In the movie, the gods in humanoid form are 9 feet tall and in “battle beast” form are over 12 feet tall. Alex Proyas used forced perspective and motion control photography to portray the different in height between the actors portraying the gods and the humans.