Aladdin reboot star Mena Massoud says he can't get any work

Mena Massoud, who played Aladdin in the classic Disney film's 2019 reboot, says he he hasn't had a single audition since the movie's release. 

Despite the film grossing over US$1 billion worldwide, Massoud told The Daily Beast he hasn't enjoyed a lot of personal success from it.

"I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it," he said. 

"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." 

Despite the fact that Massoud beat out at least 2000 other actors for the coveted role alongside Will Smith, he still doesn't feel accepted by the industry. 

"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." 

In the Daily Beast interview, Massoud recounted his experience immigrating to Canada as an Egyptian man and struggling to find acting roles that didn't have him playing terrorists. 

"As for whether people are gonna discover me from [Aladdin] or what it’s going to do, I literally have no clue," he said. 

"I can’t tell you I know how things are going to work out anymore."