The Egyptian-Canadian actor has been struggling since Aladdin.
Mena Massoud, the Egyptian-Canadian star of Aladdin, revealed in a recent interview with The Daily Beast that he hasn’t been able to secure any new auditions since the release of the Disney live-action remake.
“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," Massoud told The Daily Beast. "‘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.”
The film, which was directed by Guy Ritchie and co-starred Naomi Scott and Will Smith, was able to cross the $1bn mark as of July.
“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?” Massoud added.
The young actor believes the problem comes from the fact that for many, Aladdin is the first thing they’ve seen him in. In addition, starring in a family blockbuster can be limiting for a fresh actor.
Before the release of Aladdin, however, Massoud was able to secure a role in Reprisal, a new Hulu series premiering on December 6th.