You can play the lead in a popular live-action Disney remake that earned more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, but it turns out that won’t open doors for you.
Live-action “Aladdin” star Mena Massoud, speaking with The Daily Beast this week promoting the Hulu series “Reprisal,” dropped a surprising fact in the interview. It turns out that the success of the Disney film had no real impact on his career – in fact it led to no auditions of any kind for further roles:
“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 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.
It’s wild to a lot of people. 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? 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.”
Massoud’s “Reprisal” role he scored right after “Aladdin” finished filming and the showrunner wasn’t even aware Disney was making a new version of the film when Massoud was hired. As Massoud says, those who think actors are all getting millions and living luxurious lives once they ‘make it’ – the truth is often quite different.