Through the years we've seen Will Smith in so many colors. He has been a "man in black" and Deadshot red, but this year will be the first time we get to see Smith so bluetiful.
Disney has finally released a trailer for the new live-action version of Aladdin that also gave us a sneak peek of Smith's Genie. Unfortunately, fans' excitement died immediately.
Most of them shared on social media how horrifying the new Genie was. Then hundreds of memes flooded the internet.
But if you look back to the Entertainment Weekly's December interview with Will Smith, the shocking Genie appearance starts to make sense.
It's a good thing, then, that not all people have given up on Aladdin just yet. They say that's just what Disney does. Once the movie comes out, the Genie might look just fine.
Lately, Disney has really been into remaking their classics with CGI.
The new Aladdin trailer was released on Sunday, during Grammy Awards.
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In December 2018, Entertainment Weekly interviewed Smith about his new role.The Verge reports.
Then, in December, Entertainment Weekly published first ever photos from the movie.
Naturally, it made fans concerned the Genie wasn't going to be blue at all.
During the interview, Smith told Entertainment Weekly it's "always terrifying" when you set out to do "things that are iconic."Genie.
Guy Ritchie, director of Aladdin, describes the new Genie as a "muscular 1970s dad," BBC reports.big enough to feel like a force - not so muscular that he looked like he was counting his calories, but formidable enough to look like you knew when he was in the room."
Will Smith also told EW he was going for his own version of the Genie, rather than trying to completely replicate the Robin Williams' one.
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Smith had two goals for the character.
So the Genie will be kind of the same, but also kind of different.When asked how he feels about taking over from Robin Williams, Smith gave the perfect answer that explains the shockingly different image of the Genie: "The question is always, where was there meat left on the bone, and with the Robin Williams character, Robin didn’t leave a lot of meat on the bone."
"For me, the first aspect was it was live action, so that meant it would look and feel really different, so I was encouraged by that."
"And then that opened up for me… hip-hop, it opened up fashion," he added.
The new Aladdin trailer aired midway through the Grammy Awards 2019.It shows the scene in which Aladdin approaches the Cave of Wonders, searching for the lamp, and eventually meets the Genie.
Entertainment Weekly asked Smith to comment on this particular scene and what he wanted to show with it.Smith said. "So I wanted to make sure that scene captured the comedy, a little bit of the dramatic flavor that was coming, the fun, the music, so we focused really hard on making the introduction to the Genie as iconic as the original introduction, paying an homage to the original but also quickly getting the new signature on to our re-imagining of it."
Basically, the Genie will also be so different because Smith incorporated all of the skills he's gained over the thirty years of his career.
You can catch Aladdin in theaters on May 24.
Looking on social media, people were horrified by the blue Will Smith.
Jay Reichman: "God the visual design in this movie really is just garbo ain't it."
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Claudia Lomelí: "Jesus that's terrifying, I sincerely hope that's the unfinished CGI version."
@JennyENicholson https://t.co/VnHfcENRRs— Benji the Koi Boi (@Benji the Koi Boi)1549857281.0
Barstool Sports: "Will Smith as Genie is straight nightmare fuel."
When Will Smith’s face popped up on that poorly animated blue genie. #Aaladin #Grammys https://t.co/mHMDcyQQau— shane (@shane)1549850176.0
Dans of Our Lives: "Feeling okay about Pikachu's hair now."
@pixlpit @JennyENicholson #10yearchallenge https://t.co/tXJgjy6s6L— Tess McGill (@Tess McGill)1549857705.0
Meganyan: "I love this the way the Joker loves burning money."Steven Davidson: "He should probably be all digital aside from the facial features and voice being the likeness of Smith. I showed 4 people in the house and 1 said 'meh.' The the rest emphatically said 'no', 'why?' or busted a gut laughing about it."
Dave "no clever handle" Vandersteen said, "Look, we all knew this wasn't going to work without Robin Williams."
Miles: "They really just painted William Smith blue like that and called it a day huh."
2112austin: "Well... He's definitely blue."
Wonder if Will Smith's Genie is related to The Rock’s Scorpion King from The Mummy 2. https://t.co/SLfRLYAddV— Jord/Jax (@Jord/Jax)1549854550.0
Mrs. CelestialVerse: "It's not bad, yet at the same time it's not good."
But not all comments were so full of hopelessness.Insider says there were lots of people who were still excited to see the "friendly Carpet at Aladdin's side and Raja the tiger strutting behind Princess Jasmine."
Some fans are willing to give the movie a chance.
Raph@el: "I see no problem with this."
Insider also suggests that this negative reaction from Aladdin fans could be for one very natural reason.
@JennyENicholson My unwillingness to accept Will Smith as the Genie has nothing to Will, but everything to do with… https://t.co/jvrywq7t8P— Tʀᴇᴠᴏʀ Vᴀᴅᴇʙᴏɴᴄᴏᴇᴜʀ (@Tʀᴇᴠᴏʀ Vᴀᴅᴇʙᴏɴᴄᴏᴇᴜʀ)1549870419.0