The Middle East Film & Comic Con (MEFCC), runs from Thursday March 5 to Saturday March 7, 2020 and will be your chance to meet the writers, directors and actors behind your favourite shows.
This year Massoud, the star of Disney’s 2019 live action remake of Aladdin, in which he appeared with Will Smith as the Genie and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, will be meeting fans alongside Brandon Routh and John Rhys-Davies.
Massoud grabbed headlines late last year after he revealed that he hadn’t had an audition since he played Aladdin, one of the highest grossing films of last year. Speaking to GQ Middle East for our Men of the Year Awards Massoud said:
“At the time of filming this interview I haven’t had a single audition since Aladdin came out.”
In our cover story interview for the same issue, Massoud also said:
“I was the only one [saying] that Aladdin was the most diverse cast a Hollywood blockbuster ever put together. Disney didn’t have my back. Nobody had my back, because they’ve chosen not to. It’s a decision they made because they didn’t want to open up that Pandora’s Box of politics.”
It's clear that Massoud isn’t afraid to speak his mind, and will continue to champion the conversation around diversity in casting. He went on to say:
“African Americans have been working their asses off to change this narrative, and now Middle Easterners have to do the same. We’ve had to literally change this narrative since 2001. It’s our burden. Rami’s doing this amazing thing – he helps.”
Massoud’s most recent work was as Ethan Hart in Reprisal, the drama series that premiered on Hulu late last year.
Ramy Youssef recently won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy series for the eponymous role in his Hulu show, Ramy.