Mena Massoud (AKA Star Of The Live-Action “Aladdin” Movie) Deleted His Twitter Account After Backlash Over His “Little Mermaid” Comments
Rather than make new movies for today’s young generation, Disney continues to rehash the classics and give them the uncanny valley live-action treatment. Just to name a few, we’ve gotten The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and next up is The Little Mermaid featuring Halle Bailey. The film has had its share of controversy, from dumb people getting angry at a fish woman not being white to comments about the lighting to the yassifying Flounder. Well, it looks like controversy is officially part of The Little Mermaid’s marketing plan because it can’t go one week without someone hating on it. This time, fellow live-action Disney star Mena Massoud has gotten into HOT WATER for his SEA SALTY views about the film’s hype.
Aladdin made Disney a shit-ton of money. By that I mean a billion dollars worldwide. One movie. And yet, Aladdin himself, Mena Massoud, said that he couldn’t even get one audition after playing the street-rat with a heart of gold who finds a genie in a lamp and saves Princess Jasmine from marrying a sociopathic wizard. Well, the main character of Aladdin may not be able to get work anywhere, but one of the smaller characters in the movie is getting his own spin-off. Yes, the character of Prince Anders, played by Billy Magnussen, is getting his own show on streaming service Disney+.
Mena Massoud got what he thought was going to be his big break when he landed the title role in Disney’s live-action Aladdin, which made over $1 billion worldwide. Turns out that playing Aladdin wasn’t the break Mena thought it was going to be, because he hasn’t gotten a single audition since the movie came out. Some who have seen Aladdin might be wondering if Mena not getting roles has to do with his acting skills, or lack thereof, but since when did being good at acting keeps actors from getting roles (see: every Razzie nominee)?!
Will Smith is making the biggest mistake of his career (and that includes when he inexplicably went after the elderly in the song “You saw my blinker, bitch“) and trying to reprise the iconic role of the Genie in Aladdin. Everyone knows that role forever belongs to Robin Williams and the only person who can play that role is NO ONE and/or the ghost of Robin Williams.
Will has taken some heat not only for reprising the role but for the look of the Genie and it even became a brief meme sensation. He’s taken all it all in stride and says he finds the memes funny and he’s learning all about the internets.
So far, Disney and Guy Ritchie have been slammed for a couple of decisions they’ve made while making the live-action Aladdin. They got slammed for casting a non-Arab Princess Jasmine and for throwing in a random new white character. And now Disney is being accused of making up extras to look more brown.
So, will Aladdin have to rub a closet door in order to summon him?
Live-action remakes of beloved animated films make bank, so pretty much all of Disney’s properties are being redone with humans. A Guy Ritchie-directed, live-action adaption of Aladdin is coming at you across the desert sands. The magic carpet (and Jasmine’s harem pants) will probably be CGI, but everyone else will have a pulse! Two relative unknowns (who will get paid dick because they’re newbies) have been cast as star-crossed lovers Aladdin and Jasmine. They obviously cast two nobodies who they don’t have to pay that much, so they can cover The Fresh Prince’s assuredly exorbitant salary. Will Smith has definitively signed on to play the Genie. Someone in Movie Star Heaven give Robin Williams a hug. I’m looking at you, Princess Leia. Continue reading