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Jason Weaver Explains Why He Turned Down $2 Million Check to Do “Lion King” & Took Royalties Instead


With renewed curiosity in The Lion King, have you ever been questioning what Jason Weaver has been up to? Don’t fear, the actor/singer is sitting fairly comfortably, thanks partly to his working within the authentic Lion King movie.

Weaver—who offered the singing voice for Young Simba—revealed in a current VladTV interview that Disney provided him a flat $2 million to do the movie. However, he turned down that provide as a result of his mother was trying on the greater image.

“That amount of money, to an average middle-class family in Chicago in the early 90s, I mean … that’s something. But immediately, my mom goes, ‘Wait a minute,’” he shared.

“Disney had a reputation for re-releasing stuff…so she [Weaver’s mother] was able to see the playing field and go, ‘Wait a minute, this is going to make a lot of money over time, so what happens when my son turns 40? Is he going to be able to get a check for this when they eventually re-release this?’”

Weaver finally rejected the $2 million verify and accepted $100,000, plus a share of royalties in perpetuity.

It turned out to be one in every of his finest enterprise selections ever.

25 years later, Weaver, who simply turned 40, says he has made effectively over the 2 million he was initially provided due to the large box-office hit and the favored Lion King franchise.

“They got the Animal Kingdom in Disney World that’s themed off The Lion King. They got dolls and T-shirts and video games. I mean I got a platinum plaque for a storybook that they released that was really just a storybook with my song in it.”

“When I got my first royalty check, me and my mom thought it was a mistake,” he added. “Shout out to my mother…She was absolutely right. That residual income that I generate, that is so helpful.”




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