Will Smith voices support for ‘spectacular actor’ Mena Massoud

Will Smith has voiced his support for Mena Massoud after the actor claimed he was struggling to land auditions.The 28-year-old recently shared his dismay at his career issues and confessed he hadn’t had a single audition since playing the titular role …

Will Smith has voiced his support for Mena Massoud after the actor claimed he was struggling to land auditions.

The 28-year-old recently shared his dismay at his career issues and confessed he hadn’t had a single audition since playing the titular role in Disney’s live-action blockbuster Aladdin, which was released in May.

When quizzed about his former co-star’s comments, Will, who played the Genie in the movie, said he was unaware of Mena’s lack of work, but gave the Egypt-born Canadian some encouraging words of support.

“He is a spectacular actor and he has nothing to worry about,” the Oscar-nominated star told Variety while at the premiere of his new animated movie, Spies in Disguise.

Earlier this week, Mena told The Daily Beast that he was “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely successful.

“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,” he explained. “It’s wild to a lot of people… People have these ideas in their heads. 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.”

Mena will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal.

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Mena Massoud hasn’t had an audition since Aladdin

Aladdin star Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since the release of the hit Disney movie.The 28-year-old actor has spoken out about his career struggles, revealing he is “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely s…

Aladdin star Mena Massoud hasn’t had a single audition since the release of the hit Disney movie.

The 28-year-old actor has spoken out about his career struggles, revealing he is “tired” of following agents’ advice and pretending that he’s been hugely successful since the live-action blockbuster, which was directed by Guy Ritchie.

“I’m kind of tired of staying quiet about it,” he told The Daily Beast. “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.

“It’s wild to a lot of people… 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.”

The Egypt-born Canadian, who will next be seen in the Hulu series Reprisal, has been open about his struggles as an actor of colour, which led him to launch the Ethnically Diverse Artists Foundation to help under-represented artists in September.

“I feel like I’m going to be overlooked and underestimated for a long time because I am a young actor,” he added. “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.”

Aladdin, which was released in May, also starred Naomi Scott and Will Smith and has made more than $1 billion (£769 million) at the worldwide box office.

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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon working on McDonald’s Monopoly fraud movie

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are re-teaming on a movie about a real-life crime story.The Hollywood stars, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their work on 1997’s Good Will Hunting, will collaborate on a film adaptation of Jeff Maysh’s rece…

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are re-teaming on a movie about a real-life crime story.

The Hollywood stars, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for their work on 1997’s Good Will Hunting, will collaborate on a film adaptation of Jeff Maysh’s recently published article on The Daily Beast entitled How an Ex-Cop Rigged McDonald’s Monopoly Game and Stole Millions.

According to Deadline, Affleck is attached to direct the feature, while Damon will star.

The story kicks off with the arrest of a former police officer in 2001 in connection with a scheme to fix a popular Monopoly game at fast-food giant McDonald’s by trading winning pieces of the puzzle to members of the public in exchange for a cut of their prize money.

The ex-lawman, who worked at the company where the pieces were printed, allegedly stole $24 million (£18.4 million) through the scam. The scheme began as early as 1995, with seven other people arrested across the U.S. by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigators at the time.

Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese will pen the script for the project, which will be produced by Affleck and Damon for their Pearl Street Films company. David Klawans will serve as executive producer.

Fox bosses apparently won the rights to the film after engaging in a heated bidding war with executives from studios including Universal, Warner Bros. and Netflix.

Affleck directed Gone Baby Gone, Live by Night and the triple Oscar-winning Argo and is attached to make crime-drama Witness for the Prosecution, based on a short story by Agatha Christie. He is also set to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Justice League Part Two and appear in a sequel to 2016’s The Accountant.

Meanwhile, Damon is currently filming James Mangold’s Ford v. Ferrari movie, which tells of the true story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari to win car race Le Mans in 1966.

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