13 Julio 2017 10:46
Even promising not to 'whitewash' films can get you in a lot of troubleHollywood’s obsession with ‘whitewashing’, that is, casting white actors in the roles of people of colour, has rightly caused a stir in the industry. A few examples, to name a few, include Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in a Shell, Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange, and Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of Mariane Pearl in A Mighty Heart. So news that Guy Ritchie - director of Disney’s upcoming live action version of Aladdin - sent out a global casting call to find actors of Middle Eastern and Indian descent should have been a win for diversity. However, Ritchie and his team are reportedly having huge difficulties finding stars for the leading roles of Aladdin and Jasmine, despite having held numerous auditions in London. Such obstacles have in fact emphasised the lack of diversity in Tinseltown.
[caption id="attachment_4869" align="aligncenter" width="406"] Guy Ritchie (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)[/caption]According to The Hollywood Reporter, ‘around 2,000 actors and actresses have read for the role of Jasmine and Aladdin’, and still no one has been cast. A Hollywood agent told the publication that ‘the test process was a mess’. Rumours have flown that there was interest in big names like Dev Patel and Riz Ahmed, but again, neither have been cast.
[caption id="attachment_4861" align="aligncenter" width="416"] Dev Patel was rumoured to be in the running for the lead role of Aladdin[/caption]With such a small number of jobs available in Hollywood for actors of colour, people have been calling out the ridiculousness of not looking beyond the white walls of California and London. The casting call dictates that stars should be able to sing, dance and act - hmm, I wonder where you could find performers that can do that? Oh wait, there is life outside the West. Bollywood, one of the most lucrative industries in the world, has a plethora of men and women who can both sing and dance, and who fit the description of South Asian heritage. Of course, the keyboard warriors of Twitter were quick to voice their dismay and offer some ‘friendly’ advice for Ritchie and the Disney crew.
There were some epic takedowns…
if the film industry can actively seekout middle eastern actors to portray terrorists it shouldn't be this difficult finding one for aladdin https://t.co/T5PujUa1Au
— Simra (@simplysimra) July 11, 2017
Aladdin's FIRST song on the soundtrack is called "ARABIAN nights" why are y'all confused on where it's set and who to cast pic.twitter.com/ciMGe2680g
— jess (@korrriandr) July 11, 2017
Loooool Hollywood can't find an Arab to play Aladdin and an honest deserving role but find Arabs 2 play terrorists in 2 seconds pic.twitter.com/Zxr60c13lW
— Alissa Azar (@Kissormakeup) July 13, 2017
The Bollywood suggestion may have come up…
— Jenny Yang???? (@jennyyangtv) July 11, 2017
— Rayah (@champagnepisces) July 13, 2017
Some did offer some genuine suggestions…
Priyanka Chopra as Princess Jasmine and Dev Patel as Aladdin would have the whole world shooK! pic.twitter.com/uDh03KE5QL
— Black Bill Gates. (@WrittenByTerry) July 11, 2017
Y'all are sleeping on Avan Jogia and Jade Thrilwall for Aladdin. THEY BOTH CAN SING AND LOOK SIMILAR TO THE CHARACTERS AND CAN ACT pic.twitter.com/l78ef0dZwB
— MC (@mariahnmichael) July 11, 2017
But, on the most part, no one was impressed.
Can we please put some more brown people in Hollywood? You can't even find someone to play Aladdin. And this means Matt Damon will do it.
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) July 11, 2017