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Will Smith is sharing his thoughts on the Mena Massoud, the recent revelation that he hasn’t had a single audition since its starring role in Disney’s live-action ” Aladdin.”
In an interview with People Magazine on Wednesday, Smith, 51, said Hollywood can be fickle, and taste, such as Massoud’s not out of the ordinary.
“The thing about this company is that it is not in opposition to life, it would be difficult to design,” said Smith, when asked about Massoud. “It’s just like the universe, God, whatever you believe, it is designed that it can be difficult. So, if you are having a hard time, it’s because you’re supposed to.”
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“Aladdin,” co-star, Massoud, Smith, and more than $1 billion, which is a rare and precious thing in the world.
Only 44 players have reached the billion-dollar mark, and only three of those were musicals such as “Aladdin.”
“This problem has been overcome by patience, hard work, dedication and perseverance,” Smith explained. “If you have a dream, you need to be willing to work at any hour of the day, with my deepest love and care. You can look around and have a hard time.”
On Tuesday, Massoud, 28, told the Daily Beast that he struggled to find work.
“I’m getting a little tired of staying quiet about it,” Massoud said. “I want people to know that it isn’t always dandelions and roses, and if you can do something like ‘Aladdin.’ (People thought) ‘He should not have been made in the millions. He should be getting all of these offers. It’s none of those things. I haven’t had an audition in ‘Aladdin’ came out.”
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Massoud has appeared in a couple of projects since the release of “Aladdin,” but they were all roles he has landed in, before beating 2,000 others, for the titular role.
“It’s like, I’m just sitting here like,” OK, ‘Aladdin,’ just over $1 billion. Can I at least have to audition?” he said. “I’m not expecting you to be, like, ‘Here it is, Batman.’ But I may just be in the room? Can you please give me a chance? Therefore, it is not always what you think it is.”
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However, Massoud also said that he has not yet given up on acting just yet.
“Still hustling on the grind trying to get to my next job and, you know, there are more and more people recognize me here and there, but the hustle and bustle, it is the same thing,” he said.