Today the internet got its first look at Will Smith as the genie in the upcoming Disney live-action remake of Aladdin and people really, really do not like it.
So, some people are going to hate Guy Ritchie’s upcoming live-action Aladdin remake just on principle.
However… you definitely do not have to be one of those people to dislike, or make fun of, Will Smith’s look as the genie. Because… wow… it’s really something.
As you may recall, in the animated version of Aladdin, Robin Williams played the genie, and well, he was as incredible as Robin Williams almost always was. So, in an effort to be different, this is what they came up with. Sigh…
According to Entertainment Weekly, one Disney executive described Will Smith’s genie as part Fresh Prince, part Hitch.
“I think it’ll stand out as unique even in the Disney world,” said Smith, about his character. “There hasn’t been a lot of that hip-hop flavor in Disney history.”
Oh, it’s unique all right. Just check out these reactions…
Also, why isn’t he blue? Smith said he was going to be blue, like the original, and why isn’t he CGI?