Will Smith has stood up on the side of his “Aladdin” co-star Mena Massoud, who said in a meeting that he hasn’t had a solitary tryout since he featured in the Disney live-activity redo, which hit theatres back in May.
Massoud had previously said in an interview to Daily Beast, “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.”
When told about Mena Massoud’s claim, Will Smith said, “He is a spectacular actor, and he has nothing to worry about,” on the red carpet premiere for his upcoming animated film, Spies in Disguise. Massoud will appear in Hulu’s upcoming series “Reprisal,” but he booked that role before “Aladdin” debuted.
“I feel like I’m going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor,” he told The Daily Beast. “I’m an up-and-comer in the sense that I’ve been doing this for ten years, but to a lot of people, Aladdin‘s the first thing they’ve seen me in. So I think I’m going to be viewed that way for a long time. I’m going to have to work at chipping away at that.”
Massoud is now set to look opposite Abigail Breslin in Hulu’s new revenge series Reprisal — a role which he has earned before Aladdin‘s release. Casting Directors then got no clue who he was yet.