Mena Massoud claimed that he still has not had a single audition since Aladdin came out.
And now his megastar co-star has responded to the statement.
The 51-year-old actor was on the red carpet for the premiere of animated film Spies In Disguise in Hollywood on Wednesday when he was asked about the statement made about his 28-year-old former co-star.
Interesting: Will Smith was on the red carpet for the premiere of animated film Spies In Disguise in Hollywood on Wednesday when he was asked about the statement made about his 28-year-old former co-star
Wish granted? Smith and Massoud starred in Disney’s live-action Aladdin which grossed over $1billion worldwide since its release in May
It was the first he even heard of the assertion as he told Variety: ‘Uh I’m just hearing that right now so I haven’t spoken to Mena.
‘But he is a spectacular actor, and he has nothing to worry about.’
Smith and Massoud starred in Disney’s live-action Aladdin which grossed over $1billion worldwide since its release in May.
The Egyptian/Canadian actor revealed how his career has stalled in an new interview with The Daily Beast, where he reminded readers ‘it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin.’
Interesting: ‘It was the first he even heard of the assertion as he told Variety : ‘Uh I’m just hearing that right now so I haven’t spoken to Mena. But he is a spectacular actor, and he has nothing to worry about.’
‘I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,’ he fessed up. ‘I want people to know that it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin.’
Mena, who reportedly beat over 2000 other men for the part, said there were many misconceptions about his supposed post-Aladdin success.
‘”He must have made millions. He must be getting all these offers,” he paraphrased, ‘It’s none of those things. I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.’
Massoud said the absence of auditions weren’t even the start of it.
‘The big truth is I haven’t really seen a big anything from [the film],’ he went on.
Give him a chance! The 28-year-old actor revealed that he hasn’t had a single audition since Aladdin’s blockbuster success this past summer. Above July 26
The hidden side: The Egyptian/Canadian actor, 28, revealed how his career has stalled in an new interview with The Daily Beast , where he reminded readers ‘it’s not always dandelions and roses when you’re doing something like Aladdin’
The Strange But True actor said that many people are shocked that Mena’s struggling for auditions, telling the site: ‘It’s wild to a lot of people. People have these ideas in their head.’
Massoud himself seemed perplexed at his inability to score a casting opportunity.
‘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?’
Mena wondered whether being of Middle Eastern descent was impacting things, telling the site how his background sometimes makes him a ‘wild card’ during casting calls against mostly white men – especially as he’s made the choice to avoid playing stereotypes.
‘There’s always a wild card or two when you’re casting… In a room of Caucasian guys, a director might be like, “Okay, let’s see, like, two guys who aren’t.” And maybe they’ll be the wild card choice.’
What’s it gonna take? ’It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, okay, Aladdin just hit $1 billion — can I at least get an audition?’ he wondered. Above November 14
Massoud worried that his age also may make people ‘underestimate him,’ though he’s been professionally acting for a decade.
‘I feel like I’m going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor,’ he said. ‘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.’
The entire Aladdin experience has taught Mena to put things in perspective.
‘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.’
‘I can’t tell you I know how things are going to work out anymore.’
His latest project is Hulu’s revenge drama Reprisal, which will begin streaming Friday.
Payback: His latest project is Hulu’s revenge drama Reprisal, which will begin streaming Friday
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