Disney ‘Browning Up’ White Actors In New ‘Aladdin’ Film
The Walt Disney Company admits to “browning up” dozens of white actors for Asian crowd scenes in the live action version of “Aladdin,” which is being filmed in Longcross, England, just outside of London.
Disney claimed it could not find enough Asian stunt men, dancers and camel handlers even though more than a million Asian people live in and around London, notes The Sunday Times.
The film stars Will Smith as the genie, Naomi Scott as Jasmine, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Marwan Kenzari as Jafar (pictured above).
Extra Kaushal Odedra, a stand-in for Massoud, told The Sunday Times that he saw up to 20 “very fair skinned” actors waiting to have their skin darkened in make up tents.
BAFTA-nominated director Riaz Meer added: “Failing to hire on-screen talent of the right ethnic identity to meet the clear needs of this productions is just plain wrong. We expect better from all filmmakers.”
Disney said that 400 of the 500 background performers are Indian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and Asian.
(Sources: The Sunday Times, Photo Credit: Will Smith/Facebook)