‘Aladdin’ star Mena Massoud claims he hasn’t had an audition since the Disney blockbuster

Mena Massoud revealed he has not had a single audition since the movie’s release. (AFP)
Updated 04 December 2019

‘Aladdin’ star Mena Massoud claims he hasn’t had an audition since the Disney blockbuster

  • ‘It’s not always what you think,’ Massoud said

DUBAI: Despite starring in $1 billion-grossing blockbuster “Aladdin” – Disney’s recent live-action flick –Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud revealed he has not had a single audition since the movie’s release. 

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” the 28-year-old actor told the Daily Beast. “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 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 said. 


What We Are Reading Today: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Updated 11 December 2019

What We Are Reading Today: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist.

It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother— his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life, according to review published on goodreads.com.

The 18 personal essays collected in this book are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Noah illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty.

His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.