Mena Massoud, who played “Aladdin” in the 2019 live-action Disney remake, says he hasn’t had an audition since the film’s release in May.
“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” he said in a new Daily Beast interview. “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.”
Daily Beast reporter Kevin Fallon noted the 28-year-old actor was not complaining or whining when he made the comment.
“People have these ideas in their head,” Massoud said. “It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, ‘OK, “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? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”
The actor added that he’s completely had to “pull back his expectations” for his career in the future.
“I got the same question about ‘Aladdin’ and it was like, ‘Oh, you know, “Aladdin’s” coming out. How do you feel about what that’s going to do to your career?’ The big truth is I haven’t really seen a big anything from it.”
Massoud is gearing up for the release of his new Hulu show “Reprisal” — which he auditioned for before the Disney film came out. Massoud also appeared in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” on Amazon in 2018.
“As for whether people are gonna discover me from [‘Aladdin’] or what it’s going to do, I literally have no clue,” he said. “I can’t tell you I know how things are going to work out anymore.”
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