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We Got Our First Look at Will Smith as the Genie in 'Aladdin,' and the Internet Took a Blowtorch to It

The people wanted blue and—oh boy—did they get blue.

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There's been a lot of buzz around Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin starring Will Smith in the iconic role of The Genie. But when Entertainment Weekly first dropped images from the film set, fans were outraged at Smith’s flesh-toned appearance. 


However, Smith assured fans that he would definitely be blue in the film, like the original Genie from the 1992 animated film, voiced by Robin Williams. Well, Internet, your wish was granted. During last night's Grammy Awards, the world got its first glimpse at Will Smith’s blue genie—and, well, it was definitely a thing.

No one knows where to begin with this reveal. Did Disney, with its enormous budget and talented team of designers, literally just spray paint The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air blue? (Uncle Phil would be furious). Is Will Smith’s Genie ripped or does he have a total dad-bod?

When asked about how he is going to follow up the iconic performance of Williams, Smith explained how he researched Williams’s work and noticed it was timeless and how much the actor incorporated himself in the character. Smith told EW this inspired him to infuse the character with a timeless version of himself, explaining, "And then that opened up for me… hip-hop, it opened up fashion.”

A Disney executive was quoted describing Smith’s Genie as “part Fresh Prince, part Hitch.”

While we’re not sure exactly what a “part Fresh Prince, part Hitch” Genie will be like, Twitter had plenty to say about what he looked like and sounded off below.


The Avatar comparisons were abundant…


…as were call backs to Arrested Development. Tobias Funke is shaking


Many likened Smith’s blue-bod to that of those creepy Gushers commercials from the '90s.


The general vibe viewers felt towards Smith’s character was an overwhelming sense of fear. Pretty rough considering Aladdin is technically a kid’s film.


How are we going to go to sleep after this? Check your closets twice before bed, y’all.


You won’t be the only one.


Fans of the Broadway version of Aladdin referred that there are ways to incorporate the blue of the animated original onto a live-action actor without being horrifying. Disney, before you create another live-action remake of a childhood classic, please take note.

In Smith’s defense, it is incredibly difficult to follow Robin Williams’ quintessential performance as Genie, especially after his tragic passing in 2014. But come on Disney, who approved of that dye-job? Hopefully the finished product that arrives in theaters will be more polished and a little less Smurf-on-steroids.

Aladdin is slated to premier May 24, 2019. 

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