Mena Massoud, the Egyptian-Canadian actor who performed Aladdin within the recent Disney live-action remake, has mentioned he hasn’t had a single audition since its launch.
Massoud told the Daily Beast: “I’m sort of bored with staying quiet about it … I need folks to know that it’s not all the time dandelions and roses while you’re doing one thing like Aladdin. ‘He will need to have made hundreds of thousands. He have to be getting all these presents.’ It’s none of these issues. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin got here out.”
Massoud added: “It’s like, I’m sitting right here being like, OK, Aladdin simply hit $1 billion. Can I at the least get an audition? I’m not anticipating you to be like, right here’s Batman! However can I simply get within the room? Are you able to simply give me an opportunity? So it’s not all the time what you suppose.”
The actor ascribed the issue to his lack of expertise within the business, in addition to the destructive results of starring in a household blockbuster. “I really feel like I’m going to be neglected and underestimated for a very long time as a result of I’m a younger actor. I’ve been doing this for 10 years, however to lots of people, Aladdin’s the very first thing they’ve seen me in. So I believe I’m going to be seen that means for a very long time. I’m going to should work at chipping away at that.”
Nevertheless, Massoud has been given a significant function within the Hulu TV sequence, Reprisal, which he secured earlier than Aladdin was launched.