Despite filming next to one million-strong Asian community, Disney ‘browns up’ white actors for ‘Aladdin’

Despite filming next to one million-strong Asian community, Disney ‘browns up’ white actors for ‘Aladdin’
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Disney has been slammed after bosses admitted browning up its white extras during filming of Aladdin.

The eagerly anticipated live action production, which stars US actor Will Smith as Genie, is currently being filmed by director Guy Ritchie at Longcross studios in Surrey.

But despite production taking place under 30 miles from London, a city with a community of over one million Asian people, Disney said it was forced to bring in white actors to fill background roles.

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The studio giant said positions for stunt men, dancers and camel handlers could not be filled for the film, which comes out in May next year.

Disney has come under fire for the move, with BAFTA-nominated director Riaz Meer accusing them hurling an ‘insult to the whole industry’.

However, bosses said the new version of Aladdin is the most diversely cast production in Disney’s history.

The studio said that 400 of the 500 background performers were Indian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and Asian, reported the Sunday Times.

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