Will Smith is making the biggest mistake of his career (and that includes when he inexplicably went after the elderly in the song “You saw my blinker, bitch“) and trying to reprise the iconic role of the Genie in Aladdin. Everyone knows that role forever belongs to Robin Williams and the only person who can play that role is NO ONE and/or the ghost of Robin Williams.
Will has taken some heat not only for reprising the role but for the look of the Genie and it even became a brief meme sensation. He’s taken all it all in stride and says he finds the memes funny and he’s learning all about the internets.
According to Empire Online:
“It was very funny,” Smith tells Empire in the new issue. “There was a Sonic The Hedgehog / Genie frog. 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.” By the time the latest trailer came out, with tweaked and improved Genie shots, Ritchie was satisfied that the critics were back on board. “It even came with apologies from the cynics who were so adamant initially,” the director says. “I’ve never seen apologies in that world. I thought, ‘Oh well, great, we’re back to where I’d hoped we’d be.’”
I’m giving a big ole “Sure, Jan” to Guy Ritchie for saying that the critics are apologizing to him. We all saw what he made the genie look like.
We’ll see, though. I do have a special place in my heart for the movie Aladdin. More specifically for the music ever since my friend Elaine basically wrote her college dissertation (I didn’t go to a great school) about how the song “A Whole New World” was about Princess Jasmine losing her virginity. She claimed a “magic carpet ride” was code for boning and I can never un-learn this.
That said, cheers to the internet for making some great memes about it. Here’s a look at what Will’s not pissed about.
First look at Will Smith as the Genie in the up coming live action Aladdin pic.twitter.com/yFLxrVJXv2
— Xanny DeVito (@trevorstweetss) February 11, 2019
In ancient Arabia,
bottled and raised,
at the cave of wonders
spending most of my days
chillin’ out maxin’ relaxin’ all cool
grantin’ wishes to street rats outside the school pic.twitter.com/c3t49tXyZj
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) February 11, 2019
So, here a meme I made about my feeling towards Will Smith in Alladin. pic.twitter.com/GrYtdUM77P
— Brandon Allen (@BWAllen2018) February 11, 2019