It was quite the eventful week as Disney admitted to darkening the skin of extras in the live action version of Aladdin. In addition, Disney began charging wealthy guests for extra fast passes, a sharp change in direction from the current free system. Plus there was a new Star Wars comic that could fix most of the problems with The Last Jedi. It’s a lot to tackle so let’s get into it. Disney Darkens Skin of Extras in Live-Action Aladdin Of course minorities aren’t just dark-skinned white people. You know that, I know that and Disney knows it. That didn’t stop the company from using makeup and tans to help dozens of white extras look Middle Eastern for crowd scenes in the upcoming live-action Aladdin Movie. The Sunday Times reports that, “The company says it resorted to darkening white people for roles requiring skills that could not be readily found in the Asian community” near Longcross Film Studios, where shooting is underway, “such as stunt men, dancers and camel handlers.” The article quotes a one-time stand-in for one of the film’s leads, Kaushal Odedra. “On one set, two palace guards came in and I recognised one as a Caucasian actor, but he was now a darkly tanned Arab,” Odedra said. “I moved inside the marquee where there were 10 extras and two were Caucasian, but they had been heavily tanned to look Middle Eastern.” He also witnessed a line of approximately 20 “very fair-skinned” actors waiting to have their skin tones darkened, but declined to raise the issue with “the almost entirely white crew, [which] seemed somewhat intimidating.” How Hard is it to Find Extras? For its part, Disney issued a statement saying “This is the most diverse cast ever assembled for a Disney live action production. More than 400 of the 500 background performers were Indian, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranean and Asian.” Right now a lot of people are going crazy about the tanning, but my big shock came when I learned of the shooting location for Aladdin. Located in the English county of Surrey, Longcross is about a 50-minute drive from London. There are more than One million people of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Arab descent in London, but why isn’t Disney shooting this Middle Eastern movie in a Middle Eastern country?