'Aladdin' Star Scott Weinger Reflects on Meeting Childhood Hero Robin Williams for the First Time
By Ashley Crossan
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'Aladdin' Star Scott Weinger on Meeting His Hero Robin Williams
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It’s been nearly 25 years since we were first taken on the magical carpet journey that is Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin. (So yes, “A Whole New World” and “Prince Ali” have been stuck in your head for over two decades now.)
The voice behind Prince Ali himself, Scott Weinger, stopped by the ET studio to reflect on the 1992 movie that became a cornerstone of his career for decades to come.
“It's pretty weird to be involved in something as a teenager, and now it's very much a big part of my life,” said Weinger.
Weinger provided the speaking voice of Aladdin when he was just a teenager, but he didn’t stop there. From sequels, to video games, to even rides at Disney theme parks, Weinger still voices the character – and he has no problem with it!
“It's still a big part of my life,” said Weinger, who joked, “At some point when I'm 80 they'll probably be like, 'We should get a teenager to do it!’”
Weinger and Williams first met more than two decades ago, but Weinger remembers their first encounter like it was yesterday.
“I'll never forget meeting him for the first time and working with him,” said Weinger. “It would have been intimidating enough if he was just a random giant movie star, but he was like, my favorite movie star.”
Though Weinger was initially intimidated to meet his childhood hero, those inhibitions quickly faded thanks to Williams.
“Sometimes when you meet your heroes, it's sort of a letdown. This was the exact opposite,” said Weinger. “His whole demeanor was very encouraging and it made me forget that I was in the presence of this guy who was such a big deal to me. I’ll never forget it.”