The Walt Disney Corporation has been forced to make some uncomfortable truths known about the racial makeup of ancient Persians, after modern-day Persians planned to boycott the company’s big-budget summer movie over the race of its lead actor.
“Persians were very light skinned. […] The Turks kind of changed everything. But back in the 6th century, a lot of them were blond and blue-eyed,” Disney executives quoted Jerry Bruckheimer as saying, reports MovieLine.com.
Some modern-day Persians are not happy with the fact that Disney’s big summer vehicle, Prince of Persia, has a White European, Jake Gyllenhaal, as its lead actor.
Bruckheimer’s little-known historical detail was confirmed by Disney’s Middle Eastern consultant, who has reached out to skeptical cultural organizations to insist that Prince of Persia is the “anti-300.”
The movie 300 was sharply criticized by Persians as carrying an anti-Iranian message.
“If we went back in time 1,700 years to the mythological era, all Iranians would look like Jake Gyllenhaal,” note the Disney Middle Eastern consultant.
However, MovieLine.com notes most of the extras in the Prince of Persia trailer are swarthy in color.