Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin was one of the big blockbusters to open in 2019. On a budget of $183 million, the film grossed over $1 billion worldwide and received generally positive reactions from audiences. Yet, for the actor who played the film’s titular character, life hasn’t changed much after the film’s financial success.
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In an interview with The Daily Beast, Massoud explains how his career after the summer hit didn’t receive the massive bump in traffic some would expect after a billion-dollar success.
“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.”
While Massoud is in no way complaining about his career or attempting to project that he is a tortured artist living in poverty, he also makes it clear that having one massive hit under your belt does not always guarantee a seat in the Hollywood A-List club. While Massoud is currently promoting his upcoming work in the new Hulu series Reprisal, the role was one he earned before news of his casting in the Disney remake. If anything, the Aladdin experience has opened the young thespian’s eyes to the realities of working in the industry, and how he still has a mountain to climb in the business.
“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 Aladdinand 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.”
In all fairness, Massoud beat out 2,000 other actors to win the Aladdin role, makes it a purpose to be the wild card when it comes to casting, and looks for roles that aren’t the stereotype for a man of Egyptian heritage. He played brilliant CIA analyst Tarek Kassar in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and a fast-talking mayoral aide in Run This Town. With the premiere of Reprisal approaching, here’s hoping this talented star’s performance can help him achieve those higher rungs on his mountain climb.
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Source: The Daily Beast.