I'd probably still be thinking about the hair if the blue hadn't been one huge distraction. For his part, Smith said, "I think it'll stand out as unique even in the Disney world".
Kyle Buchanan went as far as comparing Smith's Genie to "a spoiler for BIRD BOX because I finally understand what image would make them so fascinated but also want to kill themselves". It got to the point where Smith felt compelled to post on his Instagram that "and yes, I'm gonna be BLUE!".
Aladdin, directed by Guy Ritchie, is set to hit cinemas in May, and follows a string of live-action Disney remakes, including Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast and Maleficent, a reimagining of Sleeping Beauty. When Entertainment Weekly published a cover with a first look of the actor as Genie, originally voiced by Robin Williams, some fans were upset that he wasn't blue. Nicholson then wondered why Smith was so heavily CGIed for Aladdin, and why the filmmakers didn't simply place him in an interesting outfit instead of going through the trouble of making him blue. Could Will Smith end up providing a performance just as good as the original?
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Revealed during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, the new film will star Will Smith as the Genie along with Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Marwen Kenzari as Jafar and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. "Genie, wishes lamp... none of that ringing a bell?" While it has to be hard to turn a beloved, blue cartoon character into one that looks remotely believable in real life, there's something about Smith's blue look that looks incomplete and nearly a bit creepy.
Smith himself, however, appeared to be into his final form in Aladdin. "Legend says that Will Smith as the Genie is what you see at the gates of hell", joked another user. Granted, visual effects are likely not yet compete so there's still work to be done, and bringing something as fluid and cartoony as Robin Williams' iteration to life in a live-action film is a tough task.