Jason Weaver knows this industry business too well. When he participated in Disney’s The Lion King as a kid, his mom made sure that her son was financially secure for life!
The singer/actor sat down with with VladTV, reminiscing on the role he says taught him the importance of business in the entertainment industry. Back in 1994, Weaver was behind Young Simba’s singing voice in the film’s “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and “Hakuna Matata.” Behind the scenes Weaver says his mother turned down a $2 million check and choosing to get royalties instead.
Jason Weaver via VLADTV:
“Disney had a reputation for re-releasing stuff. I think at that time they had put out Sleeping Beauty and some of their old catalog from when [Walt] Disney was alive. They were releasing that stuff when they were releasing the new Disney stuff, so she 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?’”
He also recalls the $2 million offer was very tempting. However his mother saw the bigger vision Disney had with The Lion King and wanted to be apart of it.
“It was so we can play the long game. In her opinion, because that residual income that I generate is so helpful. I make sure I give my mother her just due to props because if she hadn’t done that it would have been the biggest mistake off my business career.”
Weaver also mentioned he’s made over $1.9 million since the film’s original release. The film has grossed over $1 billion (which includes the 2002 IMAX re-release and the 2011 3D experience). The new film used original songs that were re-recorded for the live-action version. Weaver’s voice recordings of the newest version of the song were apart of the film’s soundtrack which currently on streaming platforms.
Watch Weaver talk about his mom’s Black Girl Magic below:
Can we say ching ching!!!
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