The fresh new spin on Disney’s fairytale movie ‘Aladdin’ completely enchanted us this year and successfully grossed over $1 billion worldwide. Set in a colorful landscape, beautifully cinematographed, and filled with sparkling magic and melodious music; it was a nostalgic treat to watch. Will Smith was in it as the comic ‘Genie’ so that made the movie even better. Newcomers Mena Massoud as ‘Aladdin’ and Naomi Scott as ‘Jasmine’ also did justice in portraying the original characters.
Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since Aladdin
According to Egyptian actor, Mena Massoud, things have not gone uphill in his career after Aladdin- contrary to his expectations.
He played the lead protagonist ‘Aladdin’ in a Disney movie next to one of the biggest names in the industry, Will Smith. However, this did not boost his career, the actor has confessed.
‘I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it. I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin.’
He added that even after Aladdin made one billion dollars, he still could get a single audition. In fact, Massoud is perplexed by how hard it is to simply find the opportunities.
‘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?’
Does Middle-Eastern Descent Has A Part To Play?
Racism is unfortunately not an old or uncommon practice even while we’re in the 21st century. Mena Massoud has a Middle Eastern background which was just right for the role of Aladdin. His bewitching smile, charismatic features, and dimples made him the perfect Disney Prince.
But now he feels that this may put him in a less favorable position in auditions when he has to compete with others. Talking about his audition for his upcoming role in Hulu thriller, Reprisal, he noted:
“There’s always a wild card or two when you’re casting,” he says. “I’m usually the wild card.
In a room of Caucasian guys, a director might be like, OK, let’s see, like, two guys who aren’t. And maybe they’ll be the wild card choice.”
Massoud’s Foundation for Ethnically Diverse Artists
The actor is not only starring in Reprisal that will be streaming on Hulu, but he also started an important initiative.
The EDA (Ethnically Diverse Artists) Foundation has been founded by him to kick-start and promote the talented young artists of different ethnic backgrounds.
He made the announcement on Twitter:
I’m proud to have founded @EDAFoundation to help jump start the careers of young ethnically diverse artists and give them the opportunities they deserve. As it’s #GivingTuesday I’m giving them a shout out and sharing this link so you can help them too: https://t.co/hMIslX4GCC
— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) December 4, 2019
Aladdin put everything into perspective for Mena Massoud and gave him a reality check.
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.
As for whether people are gonna discover me from it or what it’s going to do, I literally have no clue.
Well, no one could have played an original, iconic character like Aladdin, any better than Massoud. And that in itself is a great achievement and milestone.
We know that many wonderful things await this young and talented actor. You can catch him on Reprisal that begins streaming this Friday.