Aladdin in Giza: Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud explores the Great Pyramid

Ati Metwaly , Tuesday 19 Jan 2021

Titled 'Quick recap of my visit to The Pyramids', Massoud posts a video on Instagram describing to viewers his adventure inside the corridors of the Great Pyramid

Mena Massoud

Egyptian-Canadian actor Mena Massoud posted a short video on his Instagram account on Monday of his visit to the Giza pyramids in what he calls "an exclusive access." 

"Most people cannot come down here. We are in the pyramid now, guys," Massoud said in the video he captured with his phone.
In the few second-long video titled "Quick recap of my visit to The Pyramids," the 29-year-old Hollywood star walks through the corridors describing everything he saw.
"This is the Queen's chamber here. I feel like Indiana Jones... This is the King's chamber, you can hear the echo here..." he added.
Only six hours after the posting of the visit, the video gained over 55,000 likes and numerous comments from the actor's followers.
"Hey Mena I know you won't read this but I just wanted to say that I love you so much and that thank you for being my role model," one Instagram user commented.
The news of Massoud visit to Egypt, the titular star of Disney's Aladdin, went viral last week after the Minister of Emigration Nabila Makram reported on his visit to the Great Sphinx in Giza. He was also accompanied by the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled El-Enani.
Prior to his release of the short video, Massoud had already posted a photo of his visit on Instagram and Facebook. He also shared a photo on Instagram in which he jumps with the pyramids as his backdrop.
The photo which recieved almost 200,000 likes was accompanied with a caption: "One from my bucket list! I’ve been to the Pyramids at Giza a few times now, but I’ve always wanted to go back and ride a horse through the desert with the wind at my back and the pyramids on the horizon. I got to do just that and man - it was breathtaking! The energy in Egypt is just incredible. Comment below your top bucket-list adventures. Give me some ideas people!"
Born to Egyptian parents and raised in Canada, Massoud launched his acting career in Canadian cinema and television.
He was cast in Nikita (2011-2013) where he played as a member of Al-Qaeda, he has had roles in Combat Hospital (2011-) as well as the Canadian-American show Open Heart (2015).
In 2014, he acted in Canadian short comedy Americanistan where he portrayed a character named Mohammed Ali.
More recently he was cast in leading roles in Canadian films, including the short drama Final Exam (2017) and a drama mystery Ordinary Days (2017).
He was also cast in Strange But True (Canada).
He conquered Hollywood by starring in the film Aladdin, opposite Will Smith and Naomi Scott. Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 92nd Academy Awards, but was ultimately not nominated.
Aladdin did however score high in the Teen Choice Awards 2019 garnering several awards, and also winning  'Favorite Family Movie' prize at the People's Choice Awards, USA 2019.
The film is an adaptation of the popular tale 'Alaa-Uddin and the Magic Lamp', which is one of the stories from the ‘Alf Laila w-Laila’ (Arabian Nights). Its first translation to English appeared at the beginning of the 18th century, though the stories' history is much older.
Following Aladdin, Massoud also appeared in short video Will Smith: Friend Like Me and a TV series titled Reprisal.
He also gives voice of Rumi in Lamia's Poem, an animation film which is yet to be released.
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