'Aladdin' Star Mena Massoud Says He's Not Got a Single Audition Since Disney Remake

Wednesday December 4, 2019

Mena Massouda, who played the titular character in the recent Disney live-action remake of "Aladdin," says he's not gotten a single audition since the film's release, despite the movie making over $1 billion worldwide.

Speaking with The Daily Beast, Massouda, 28, said he's "kind of tired staying quiet about" not getting an audition since "Aladdin" hit theaters back in May.

"I want people to know that it's not always dandelions and roses when you're doing something like 'Aladdin,' " he said. " '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."

"I feel like I'm going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor," the actor told The Daily Beast. "I'm an up and comer in the sense that I've been doing this for 10 years, but to a lot of people, 'Aladdin''s the first thing they've seen me in. So I think I'm going to be viewed that way for a long time. I'm going to have to work at chipping away at that."

Massouda does have a new project, however. He will star in a Hulu series called "Reprisal" but that was booked before he beat out 2,000 other actors to get the lead role in "Aladdin."

"It's wild to a lot of people," he went on to say. "People have these ideas in their head. It's like, I'm sitting here being like, 'OK, 'Aladdin' just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition?' 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? So, it's not always what you think.

"There's always a wild card or two when you're casting," he continued. "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."

Click here to read Massouda's full interview with The Daily Beast.

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