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The Guy Who Was Just Cast As Aladdin Says That Robin Williams Is His Greatest Inspiration And Y'all, It's Fate

Well, this is emotional.

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This is Mena Massoud. He was just cast as Aladdin in Disney's upcoming live-action remake.

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When Disney announced his casting yesterday, people wanted to know everything they could about him. But so far, all we really have is his Instagram — which, btw, is ~extremely~ worth a follow:

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Two years ago, in a chat with a publication called The Hudsucker, Massoud and his interviewer had the following exchange:

The Hudsucker: What actor or performance do you feel has impacted and inspired you the most?

Massoud: Robin Williams in everything he did. He was an incredibly well-rounded actor but I grew up on his role in Mrs. Doubtfire. That role by itself is very well-rounded and he goes through an amazing journey in that movie. I think it’s very underrated.

For those of you who don't know, Robin Williams was the voice of the Genie in Disney's original 1992 Aladdin — and it ended up becoming a standout role in his career.

The role earned him a Golden Globe for Special Achievement, and paved the way for other celebrities to take on similar voiceover gigs. That was mostly unheard of at the time, and now it's a staple of pretty much any major animated film made today. It was a big deal for Robin Williams to take on that role — and his involvement in the film remains a big part of his legacy.

Kinda heartwarming to think about a young Mena Massoud watching Aladdin and wishing he could be friends with the Genie, aka Robin Williams. Little did Mena know what he would grow up to be...

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