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Disney's Live-Action Aladdin Isn't a Comedy or a Musical, Says Star

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The live-action adaptation of Disney's Aladdin will defy the usual genre categories, according to its lead actor Mena Massoud. When asked about what style of comedy viewers could expect from the film, Massoud's answer touched on more than just humor.

"I don’t think this movie is a comedy by any means," Massoud told Entertainment Weekly. "Nor do I think it’s a musical by any means; that’s what I’m really excited about in this film, that there’s a good balance of everything and Guy [Ritchie] does an incredible job at that."

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Disney's animated classics, and by extension the live-action remakes based on them, are generally expected to feature plenty of laughs and plenty of music, and this one will surely be no different. Massoud may not want Aladdin to be pigeonholed, but he talked about singing and dancing for the role, and emphasized the comedy aspect too: "If you watch any of Guy’s films, he has a great balance of comedy and dramatic moments... so if you’re looking for funny, you’re definitely going to get it."

"The original animation is funny too, especially with Robin Williams, but again, there’s a difference between animation comedy and seeing real human beings be funny, because the funniness with real humans comes from the awkwardness, not knowing what to say and it’s real emotion you’re seeing, so it makes it a lot more relatable," he added.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, Aladdin stars Mena Massoud in the title role, with Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Will Smith as Genie, Marwan Kenzari as Jafar, Navid Negahban as The Sultan, Nasim Pedrad as Dalia, Billy Magnussen as Prince Anders and Numan Acar as Hakim. The film arrives on May 24.

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