Aladdin: Will Smith is catching flak for accepting Genie role, remains positive

Will Smith catching hell for portraying genie.

Will laughs off angry backlash.

Blog King, Mass Appeal

LOS ANGELES — “You ain’t never had a friend like me.” Will Smith has been the target of fan vitriol ever since word got out he’s portraying the blue-skinned genie in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin.” If you recall, all hell broke loose after the 50-year-old thespian appeared on the December cover of Entertainment Weekly donning the wishmaster habiliment made famous by Robin Williams in the 1992 animated feature. Rather than espouse change, haters were expeditious to lambaste Smith with multifarious memes and pessimism. The Fresh Prince alum tried to laugh it off at first.

Now he blames social media.

“It was very funny,” Smith said during a recent interview with Empire. “There was a Sonic The Hedgehog/Genie frog [meme]. Everything is under such critical scrutiny. I came up in an era where there was no Internet. It’s a new thing that I’m trying to get a handle on.”

Things took a turn for the better after Disney officials released a full-length trailer last month. As a result, many critics have evinced a change of heart. “It even came with apologies from the cynics who were so adamant initially,” said director Guy Ritchie. “I’ve never seen apologies in that world.”

“I thought, ‘Oh well, great, we’re back to where I’d hoped we’d be.’”

The “Aladdin” remake hits theaters May 24th.

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28 comments

  1. Well I’m excited about it and I can’t wait to see Will Smith as genie. I think he’s going to do an awesome job!

  2. Brandy Brantner

    I am only gunna watch this cause I’m a will smith fan

  3. I’m sure that this film will be good.
    Honestly. I want to buy my ticket already.

  4. I like will smith but not as genie. I like him better in dramas and action, not comedy. I think Jack black or Jim Carey would have been better.

  5. GroovyKindofLove80

    I think Eddie Murphy would sound more like genie than will smith

  6. Ruth-ann Williams

    Daammnn all of this just makes me miss Robin Williams even more😔😔😔😔R.I.P😭😭😭

  7. Will Smith as genie? They should have just casted Shaq. (Kazaam)

  8. He is not ever going to be Robin Williams if he fucks this up I hope his career is over cause every live action Disney movie so far has been horribly inaccurate and horrifically done

  9. At this point, save your money folks

  10. I think that this is an insult to the og aladin. Jaffar is too young and aladin doesn’t look right. Rip robin Williams

  11. Lol I can’t get jiggy with this s**t !!!!!

  12. Andres Hernandez

    Terry Crews would have been a better genie.

  13. How can people be so quick to judge just because he’s blue…idiots view the film

  14. Will Smith Genie: You ain’t never had a friend like me
    when you realise you’re better off being friendless

  15. alexander kazantzis

    will smith genie makes me really excited for the never had a friend like me song

  16. Carter Blackmon

    Robin Williams will always be the genie to me

  17. Sanbasuto Kuruma

    The original was a cartoon why the remake wasn’t a cartoon is my question? Like Aladdin with how to train your dragon graphics would’ve been a banger. If you can remaster a 60s vinyl I’m certain you can remaster the audio from a cartoon especially when the original audio is still around in a vault somewhere. Shit they still can do that regardless of how the live action movie does. I’d fucking buy the remastered Aladdin.

  18. Blaze Ashcloud

    Idiots should’ve fully animated Genie then had Will Smith voice act him/

  19. I am so sick of Will Smith

  20. I just love Aladdin and will smith is here too 😭❤️ this is just too much for me

  21. copperstargirl

    I cant wait!!! I think will Smith will do justice to the genie. 🤷‍♀️

  22. Elietzer Allendes

    Now this is a story all about how
    My life got flipped-turned upside down
    And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
    I’ll tell you how I made a fresh prince of Agrabah

  23. Aladdin, Princess Jasmine & Jaffar, are completely wrong choices actors! pity!
    The only cool one is Will Smith as genie

  24. zombiehead59841

    No matter how you look at it, no one will beat Robin Williams as the genie :'(

  25. I love it already 😍💕💕💕

  26. Now this is the story all about how…oh wait, not that Prince…

  27. A whole new world comes on 24 may 😍😍😍

  28. Will Smith isn’t worthy to hold Robin Williams jock. For a man who exposes that he is well educated. He sure does not articulate well. With all the money that he makes he could at least get a speaking coach. He has scammed the movie going public. He’s made a lot of money. He should just take his money and run.

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