- Actor Allusion:
- Joel Edgerton co-leads a movie about (or in this very film's case, would be) estranged brothers.
- Likewise, Christian Bale plays a person who comes from wealth who wishes to protect the innocent. (Also, the second Batman to play Moses).
- Director Allusion - Ramses says to his sleeping son "You sleep so well, because you know you are loved", a line from Ridley Scott's Gladiator. Both times the line is delivered by the film's main antagonist.
- It's very appropriate that Ben Kingsley gives Moses advice, since he was Moses himself in a 1995 film.
- Banned in China: Egypt banned the movie due to historical inaccuracies.
- Box Office Bomb: Budget, $140 million. Box office, $65,014,513 (domestic), $268,175,631 (worldwide).
- Dawson Casting: Fifty-seven-year old John Turturo playing Seti I who died at forty-four.
- Dyeing for Your Art: Christian Bale almost didn't get the role of Moses because he had gained so much weight for American Hustle. He lost all the weight required and read the first five books of the Bible, as well as the Qur'an to prepare.
- Fake Nationality: Like Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner before them, Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton aren't Middle Eastern.
- Reality Subtext: The film is dedicated to Ridley Scott's brother, fellow director Tony Scott, who died in 2012. Since the film is about two brothers, more than a few reviewers have tried to read meanings into this.
- What Could Have Been:
- Steven Spielberg and later Ang Lee were reportedly attached to a Moses movie called Gods and Kings for Warner Bros., developed independently of this film which was always a Ridley Scott project. Since this has claimed the Gods and Kings title, Dueling Movies seems to have been averted.
- Oscar Isaac and Javier Bardem were offered the role of Ramses but both turned it down.
- Ridley Scott claims that his final cut ran four hours. The theatrical cut is two and a half.
- Writing Around Trademarks: The 'Gods and Kings' subtitle was added after it was discovered MGM had the rights to the title 'Exodus,' after a film they released in 1960.
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