Disney's live action replay of Aladdin is being filmed on the outskirts of London and a new report claims that the contracted Caucasian extras lined up in a makeup tent to darken their skin. The film, directed by Guy Ritchie, is being filmed at Longcross Studios, Surrey, less than an hour from London, home to 1.1 million people of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Arab origin. Disney was criticized for the move, and award-winning director Riaz Meer accused them of launching an "insult to the entire industry." Disney has released a statement on the matter.
The Sunday Times was the first to report that Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin starring Will Smith had hired Caucasian extras and had his skin darkened to match the part. The story quotes Kaushal Odedra, described as a substitute for one of the protagonists, as he saw about 20 "very light skin" actors lined up outside makeup stores "waiting for their skin to darken." Odedra went on to say
"On a set, two palace guards came in and I recognized one as a Caucasian actor, but now it was a dark tan Arab. I moved to the marquee where there were 10 extras and two were Caucasians, but they had been very tanned to look like from the Middle East. "
However, Disney said that the new version of Aladdin is the most diverse foundry production in its long history. The study said that 400 of the 500 background interpreters were Indian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and Asian.
Several people have spoken about the article and the decisions of Disney about the set of Aladdin and One of the noisiest voices is the director nominated to Bafta, Riaz Meer. Meer, along with others, believe that it is an unacceptable practice to hire Caucasian extras when there are many extras that fit the appearance of the surroundings. It is reported that there are more than 1 million people of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Arab origin living in London, which is only 30 miles from the set of Aladdin . I had this to say.
"Talent exists and is accessible and there is no way that Asian extras can not have been hired to meet the needs of the film." An on-screen talent of the right ethnic identity could not be hired to meet the needs clear of this production are simply incorrect, we expect something better from all the filmmakers. "
This is not the first time that Disney's live action remake of Aladdin has been criticized for racial issues. . In September, it was announced that Disney would include a new Caucasian character in the film that was not included in the original story, which generated criticism of the "bleaching" of the film. In addition, there were claims that Disney "whitewashed" the live action remake by choosing Naomi Scott, a non-Arab actor, as Princess Jasmine in July.
This is not the first Hollywood production that has been criticized by fans and activists for being too white. Ridley Scott found herself in a controversy after choosing white stars as Egyptians in her 2014 film Exodus: Gods and Kings . Ridley, nominated for the Oscar, chose Christian Bale as Moses and Australian Joel Edgerton as Ramses, while there were also roles for Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul. Critics said it was "offensive" and "unacceptable" for white actors to play the role of the Egyptians. The live action remake of Ghost in the Shell and the next remake of Hellboy have also recently been criticized for the same practices. You can read more about the "darkening" of the real action remake of Aladdin through The Sunday Times.