Disney is "browning" white extras for live-action "Aladdin" remake

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Aladdin, which is due for release in 2019, stars Will Smith as the Genie, British-Indian actress Naomi Scott as Jasmine, and Egyptian-born Canadian Mena Massoud as Aladdin.

Sources from the set of "Aladdin", however, said that in keeping with the movie's accurate look, the production crew applied brown makeup on the white actors so that they will look tanned and more Middle Eastern.

Kaushal Odedra, an extra and stand in for a lead star, said he saw multiple "very fair skinned" actors lining up the makeup tents to have their skin darkened.

When reached by Mic, a representative for director Guy Ritchie said it was "Disney's place" to comment.

Disney is under fire for "browning up" white actors while shooting their live action version of Aladdin.

You can argue that much outrage is being made over nothing, but I don't think it should be overlooked that there isn't one person of Middle Eastern or Arab descent on the main creative team. "Let's all expect more & do better this year", he wrote.

The talent Disney is seeking - and using make-up to get white actors to play - doesn't even remotely sound hard to scout and as the director, Riaz Meer said that it 'exists and is accessible and there's no way that Asian extras could not have been hired to meet the needs of the film'.

According to the Sunday Times story, the Will Smith-starring film, now being directed by Guy Ritchie at Longcross studios in Surrey, 30 miles from London, Disney said it brought in white actors to help fill the many background roles, stunt positions, dancers and "camel handlers" needed.

However, two casting professionals who spoke to The Sunday Times said that this is not normal practice. In September, Disney caught flack for casting Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods), a white actor who will be playing a brand-new character, Prince Anders.

In response to the reports in the press, Disney issued a statement: "This is the most diverse cast ever assembled for a Disney live action production". Speaking with BBC's Newsbeat, the company revealed that white actors were used only in a "handful of instances when it was a matter of specialty skills, safety and control". They can shell out a few thousand extra on a movie that everyone knows is going to be a massive hit before it even films a single frame.

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