Will Smith's Genie

Will Smith's Genie

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Will Smith's Genie refers to Will Smith's portrayal of the character Genie in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney animated film Aladdin. Following the release of promotional images for the film and consecutive reveal of the blue-skinned Genie in the second trailer, the appearance of the character was mocked online.

Origin

On December 19th, 2018, magazine Enterntainment Weekly posted a first look at the upcoming 2019 live-action adaptation of Disney animated film Aladdin[1]. The cover revealed Will Smith as Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Jasmine.


ISSUE 2019'S MOSTANTICIPATED MOVIES& TV SHOWW DEC. 28,2018/JAN. 4, 2019 #1542/1543 ente iment MAGICAL DOUBLE ISSUE NEW IT'S A WHOLE NEW WORLD! An exclusive preview of Disney's updated take on the classic genie tale. PHOTOSAND SCOOPON THECROWN KILLINGEVE THEFAST BY PIYA SINHA-ROY FURIOUS SPIN-OFF DEADWOOD JOHNWICK HELLBOY PLUSaWHAT NEX ORDAN PEELE ELISABETH MOSS GEORGE CLOONEY JESSICA ALBA ALAOOIN TEO Naomi Scott, Will Smith, and Mena Massoud

On the same day, Will Smith made an Instagram post[2] clarifying that the character will be blue-skinned in the movie.

On February 10th, 2019, the second trailer for Aladdin debuted at 2019 Grammy Awards. In the trailer, the Genie, now blue-skinned, was briefly shown.



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The initial reveal of Smith as the Genie prompted strong responses from Twitter users. User @hullojess tweeted that she wished she'd never seen it, gaining over 830 retweets and 3,600 likes (shown below, left). User @Kyle_Cardine tweeted a photoshopped image of a Simpsons scene, gaining over 1,600 retweets and 7,800 likes (shown below, right).


jessica @hullojess Follow genie! my first wish. i wish that i'd never seen this. 2019'S MOST ANT 4, 2019 9:54 AM 19 Dec 2018 Kyle Cardine @Kyle_Cardine Follow Twitter this morning 9:44 AM - 19 Dec 2018

Following the release of the second trailer, the appearance of the character has been heavily mocked on Twitter as CGI-heavy and unnatural, with numerous users comparing the character to Thanos [3], Shrek [4], Smurfs[5] and Tobias Fünke from Arrested Development [6].


Walt @UberKryptonian Where is the Soul Stone, Aladdin? 9:30 PM 10 Feb 2019 Xanny DeVito @trevorstweetss 36 First look at Will Smith as the Genie in the up coming live action Aladdin 8:57 PM - 10 Feb 2019 Chris Demarais @ChrisDemarais The new Willy Wonka remake looks weird but I respect the bold casting choices. #Aladdintrailer #WillSmith #willywonka 11:00 PM-10 Feb 2019
Caillou Pettis @CaillouPettis This looks like a blue version of Shrek. #Aladdín 8:57 PM - 10 Feb 2019 Michael Knowles @michaeljknowles When can we expect Will Smith to apologize to the Smurf community for wearing blueface? 10:14 PM - 10 Feb 2019

On Reddit, memes about the character in various formats appeared on several subreddits, including /r/dankmemes[7], /r/memes[8] and /r/prequelmemes[9], with several examples also referencing Will Smith's appearance in YouTube Rewind 2018.

Various Examples


I can't watch anymore PS Expre Disney: releases image of Will Smith as genie* Literally everyone: what the f--- did you ust bring upon this cursed land I'm afraid djust bluemyself
I am hideous? You are horrifying to look at Yes Upgrade alf Ar IT'S REWIND TIM Will Smith's reaction after seeing everyone's response to the trailer @YogscastSjin Am I a joke to you?

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