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SXSW 2019: Before He Becomes Aladdin, Mena Massoud Tells a Toronto Story

Posted On: Mar 15, 2019   |   Posted By: WWD

Mena Massoud might be able to sit and chat amidst a busy Austin, Tex., hotel lobby for now, but that time is dwindling: the actor is the title character in Disney's mega live-action reboot of “Aladdin,” due out in May, where he stars as the Disney icon alongside Will Smith and Naomi Scott.
The release of the trailer alone has created a fan base for the 27-year-old actor.
“Before I got on the plane I had autograph collectors waiting for me, with posters of ‘Aladdin' and stills from the movie,” he says of his trip from Los Angeles to Austin for SXSW. “And then when I got off the plane, again there were, like, autograph collectors waiting. I'm kind of preparing myself to lose a little bit of the privacy that I used to have.”
He's warming up to the attention that is sure to come with “Aladdin” with a role in “Run This Town,” the Damian Lewis-starring film about the final year in office of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (who was caught on videotape smoking crack cocaine and in other bizarre behavior), which premiered at...

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