Video – First Look At Will Smith As The ‘Genie’ In Aladdin And The Internet Isn’t Playing Nice

Shug McSween Dec 19, 2018

“He looks like Sinbad on a diet in the 90’s”

Source: “Aladdin” fans now have their first look at Disney’s forthcoming live-action adaptation of the beloved animated film – and the internet is particularly fixated on how Will Smith looks as the Genie. And not in a good way.

The backlash followed Wednesday’s unveiling of the first photo of Smith in character by Entertainment Weekly alongside Canadian actor Mena Massoud as Aladdin and British actress Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.

Twitter users seemed to want to stuff Smith’s high-ponytail-and-beard combination back into the lamp and ask for a do-over on their wish for a live adaptation of the 1992 animated classic.

“What could Will Smith possibly have done to deserve this?” Buzzfeed host Saeed Jones tweeted. “Jada is gonna have to do a whole episode of ‘Red Table Talk‘ about this hair piece.”

“After seeing Will Smith as the genie, ‘Aladdin’ is canceled. We’re skipping to ‘Lion King,’ ” 

Yikes, what did Will do?

Disney reboots are the new thing, and this one is going to be a smashing success.

Personally, I think I have watched every Will Smith movie released and I cannot wait for Bad Boys For Life, however, I am also fanboy excited to see this Aladdin live-action reboot.

I am giving this a chance. Are you?

These folks aren’t having any of it:

This one is pretty good:

Get your popcorn ready:


Shug McSween

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