The Little Mermaid (2023), starring Halle Bailey (Ariel), Melissa McCarthy (Ursula), Jonah Hauer-King (Eric) and Javier Bardem (King Triton), will be released on May 26, 2023.
The movie has projections of over $110 million, and some believe the movie could hit $1 billion in revenue before it’s all said and done. However, the film has received some backlash for the past few years, and more recently, Disney revealed more details that had fans infuriated.
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The company revealed that it had changed the lyrics to many iconic songs from the film, including re-recordings of “Kiss the Girl” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” Lin-Manuel Miranda teamed up with the animated film’s original composer, Alan Menken, to write four new songs, and the two created new lyrics for these two songs due to content that was deemed “sensitive” in the original songs. Of course, this was met with a lot of reaction from a large section of the fans.
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Now, as Disney nears the official release of the movie, an actor from The Walt Disney Company recently made some comments that many considered negative towards The Little Mermaid. Mena Massoud, best known for playing Aladdin in the 2019 live-action remake alongside Will Smith (Genie) and Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), he commented on his projections for the next film, comparing it to Aladdin. Inside the Magic covered these comments, which can be read below:
“Our film was unique in that the public went to see it several times,” said Massoud. “It is the only thing that we reached the dark mark of one billion with our opening. I guess The Little Mermaid doesn’t cross the billion mark, but it will certainly have a sequel.”
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Shortly after those comments were made, thousands of Twitter users responded against the actor. So much so, that the actor has now decided to delete his account, in which he had more than 135,000 followers.
Twitter user Patrick Dougall shared screenshots from the actor’s account, which is now deleted.
Yes… he should have kept quiet! #little mermaid to a billion!
— Patrick Dougall (@PatrickADougall) May 13, 2023
While many expressed a negative reaction to the actor’s comment, it seems that in them he was arguing more in favor of making an Aladdin sequel because he really deserved it. Unfortunately, it seems that Disney has passed up on the idea of making a second Aladdin, even after the first was considered a huge blockbuster. According to insidethemagic, Disney fired the actor. Leave us your comment.