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Actor Jason Weaver Celebrates His ‘Lion King’ Track Going Double-Platinum

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by Paulina Isaac

November 29, 2023

Jason Weaver has a lot to be thankful for this year! The actor/singer recently took to Instagram to express his gratitude after his hit song from The Lion King, “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King,” went double-platinum.

Weaver played the singing voice of Young Simba in the now iconic Disney movie. He was famously offered $2 million upfront for his role, but his mother encouraged him to instead opt for a $100,000 check and a lifetime of royalties. “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 still going to be able to get a check from this when they eventually re-release this,’” Weaver told reporters.

“​​I definitely would like to take a moment this morning to THANK MY HEAVENLY FATHER and LORD/SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST FOR CONTINUING TO BLESS ME AND MY FAMILY 😊🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾💯💯💯💯,” he wrote on Instagram. “30 years later and the platinum plaques from this iconic animated film keep comin in. Wow… God is amazing, man. He is truly worthy to be praised. 💯💯💯💯 I would also like to express to everyone just how APPRECIATIVE I am for all of the love that I’ve been able to receive over the years from fans around the world who absolutely love The Lion King.”

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He continued, “Thank yall so much for the love and support! 😁🙏🏾✌🏾❤️ I definitely would also like to thank @disney, Sir Elton John and Tim Rice for giving a kid from Chicago a shot to be a part of cinematic history. THANK Y’ALL!! 😁🙏🏾💯 Lastly, but most importantly… I WANT TO THANK MY MOTHER @marilynhaywood16 for EVERYTHING she’s done to help steer me in the right direction throughout the course of my life, as well as throughout my career. I share all of these accomplishments with her, because I wouldn’t have been able to achieve ANY of it had it not been for the hard work she put in, and the sacrifices that she made so that I could live out my dream. I LOVE YOU, MA!! THANK YOU!! We’re double platinum 30 years later, mane!! 😂🙏🏾🙌🏾👊🏾💯💯💯❤️❤️❤️”

(Cover photo: Jason Weaver/Photo by Jamie Lamor Thompson)

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