There is DRAMA in the Disney live-action community!
When someone is selected to star in a major film by Walt Disney Studios, many expectations are put upon them. Disney has a high standard for their actors, who are expected to serve as ambassadors for the company. This means maintaining a good public image and always speaking kindly about other Disney projects.
The internet has blown up over a major controversy within the Disney acting community. Shocking comments made by the star of the live-action Aladdin have resulted in some serious backlash from fans.
Actor Mena Massoud Criticized for His Comments
Mena Massoud became a massive star after the release of the live-action version of Aladdin in 2019. This film, which also starred Will Smith as the Genie and Naomi Scott as Jasmine, was a huge success. Many fans believe that it is one of the best live-action remakes that Disney has done.
Aladdin was also a huge success monetarily; the film grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. This achievement was huge for Disney and the entire cast and crew of Aladdin. Despite how lucrative the film was, a sequel was never made. Mena Massoud has made his opinion clear on this, explaining that he believes that a sequel was well-earned.
Massoud Speaks Out on ‘The Little Mermaid’
Right now, the world is gearing up for another major live-action release: The Little Mermaid. This film, which stars Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy, is predicted to make a big splash when it opens memorial day weekend. While most everyone is thrilled about this movie, Mena Massoud feels otherwise.
In a now-deleted tweet, Massoud said;
“Our film was unique in that audiences went to watch it multiple times. It’s the only way we reached the billion dollar mark with our opening. My guess is TLM doesn’t cross the billion mark but will undoubtedly get a sequel.”
‘Aladdin’ star Mena Massoud deactivated his Twitter account after receiving backlash for his Tweet about ‘The Little Mermaid.’ pic.twitter.com/KFHuffOLZL
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Fans immediately began criticizing Massoud for acting bitter about the situation. It is one thing to be upset about his own film, but fans cannot see why he felt the need to drag down The Little Mermaid. As of now, his Twitter has been deactivated, and no further comments have been made.