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'The big truth is I haven't really seen a big anything from it' - Mena Massoud on life after Aladdin

Egyptian-Canadian actor said he hasn't had an audition since the Disney movie was released in May

'The big truth is I haven't really seen a big anything from it' - Mena Massoud on life after Aladdin

The 28 year-old Egyptian-Canadian actor was chosen from around 2000 actors to take the lead role in the movie, which also co-starred Hollywood actor Will Smith as the Genie.

Egyptian actor Mena Massoud has confessed he hasn’t had an audition or seen any huge career boost since the releases of Aladdin, Walt Disney’s recent live action remake of the Arabian adventure.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” he 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,” he added.

The 28 year-old Egyptian-Canadian actor was chosen from around 2,000 actors to take the lead role in the movie, which also co-starred Hollywood actor Will Smith as the Genie.

Released in May this year, Aladdin earned over $1 billion at the global box office, but Massoud said he hasn’t been able to capitalise on his newfound fame.

“People have these ideas in their head. 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? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”

Massoud’s next project will be Reprisal, an American gangster TV drama set to be released on Hulu on December 6, but the Cairo-born actor is more modest on what this may mean for his future career.

“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… Because, you know, 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.”

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