The lead actor of ‘Aladdin’ says he hasn’t booked an audition since the Disney live-actions release despite it being the sixth highest grossing movie of the year.
According to PEOPLE, Mena Massoud sat down with the Daily Beast to discuss his experience post-Aladdin and how he expected to earn more roles. He stated he was frustrated for a while and wanted people to know that he’s booked zero auditions since the film’s release in May.
“I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin. ‘He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers.’ It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.”
Despite being casted along with Will Smith, Massoud said people were shocked to find out that his acting career did not take off as expected.
“People have these ideas in their head. It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, okay, Aladdin just hit $1 billion — can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, ‘Here’s Batman.’ But can I just get in the room? … Can you just give me a chance?”
He also noted how his Egyptian background brings in stereotypical roles of playing a terrorist and he says he is no longer accepting those roles. However, he is currently starring in a new Hulu series with co-star Abigail Breslin called Reprisal, starting on Dec.6.
“I think since Aladdin my expectations for things releasing and what they’re going to do in my career, I’ve had to really pull them back,” he said. “… As for whether people are gonna discover me from it or what it’s going to do, I literally have no clue.”
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