“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it...”
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 10:34 am EST 12/05/19
In reply to: re: ALL puns are painful - PaulGrin 09:07 am EST 12/05/19

***"I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” Massoud says. “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.”****

I caught the movie on on a plan a couple of months ago, and I was unpleasantly surprised by how unsatisfying his performance was, especially during the first part of the movie. Compared to the charming, boyish, wise-aleck rogue depicted in the original animated film, Massoud was very sullen and inward, and also he came across almost as an aging street hustler -- or, at least, as guy who was trying very hard to be "hot" by affecting an almost comically seductive, "sexy" voice, even when he wasn't trying to seduce someone. It was nothing like the appropriately boyish personality of the original cartoon character as drawn by the Disney artists and voiced in the dialogue by Scott Weinger -- and sung by Brad Kane.

***“It’s wild to a lot of people,” he says. “People have these ideas in their head. 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.” ***

If it's true that he hasn't been getting auditions since ALADDIN, I'm very surprised to hear that, because starring in such a high-profile and (financially) successful movie usually does lead to other auditions at the very least. But possibly the reason for the lack of auditions is that a lot of people in power in Hollywood didn't care for his performance in ALADDIN, and perhaps think the movie's success had little if anything to do with his contribution to it. Or perhaps there is some other specific reason, but we can only speculate. I wonder what Massoud thinks is the specific reason why he hasn't gotten more auditions? He must have some theory, but he doesn't actually say.

***As Massoud is used to, it was mostly white actors in the casting room for Reprisal.***

Here's some second-hand information, but several actors have told me that this is absolutely no longer the case. Anyway, Massoud DID get that audition -- and he got the part.

***“I feel like I'm going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor,” Massoud says. “I'm an up and comer in the sense that I've been doing this for 10 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.” ****

What on earth does he mean about being overlooked and underestimated because he is a "young actor?" Are young actors generally "underestimated" in today's pop culture? Anyway, he's not THAT young -- late 20s -- and in ALADDIN, I would say he looks about 30, or even a few years older. (See clip at link attached.)

***None of this is to say that Aladdin isn’t the greatest thing to happen to him so far professionally. ****

Then perhaps he should focus on the positive more than the negative.

***He loved getting a chance to find more humor in Aladdin than people were expecting.***

I'm surprised he actually said this, as I thought there was FAR LESS humor in his portrayal -- almost none, in fact -- as compared to the original movie.

***It should be clarified that, at no point when we are talking about this does it seem like Massoud is whining or complaining or is in any way ungrateful.****

Really? Because that's exactly how the author makes it seem.
Link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eitDnP0_83k

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