In the upcoming live-action adaptation of “Aladdin,” will Smith steps into the role of the beloved Magician, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he went in on the task that he is faced with an original character played by Robin Williams.
In the upcoming live-action adaptation of “Aladdin,” will Smith steps into the role of the beloved Magician, and in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, he went to the task of taking an iconic character originally was the voice of Robin Williams.
“If you are doing things that are iconic, it is always terrifying,” Smith told Entertainment Weekly in a report Wednesday. “The question is always: Where there was meat left on the bone? Robin didn’t leave much meat on the bone, with the character.”
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Smith eventually decided to put a new spin on the Genie, while still making something that was a hat-tip for Williams, he told the outlet.
“I began to feel that I could deliver something that was a tribute to Robin Williams, but it was musically different,” Smith said. “Just the flavor of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it is in a different lane, versus trying to compete.”
Smith reportedly drew on his own extensive entertainment background, such as his parts in “Independence Day” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, for his take on the Disney classic.
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While feeling that his opinion will be seen as a “unique,” Smith noted that “there is not much of that hip-hop flavor in the Disney history.”
At the helm of the expected May 2019 flick is director Guy Ritchie, who at Entertainment Weekly that his role as a father was to take part in a children’s film was very attractive to me.”
In this version of the Genie, Ritchie told the outlet that he “wanted a muscular 1970s, father.”
The character also “has an ego and is a bit vain, and he gives about how he gets because he does this for a very long time,” Ritchie said.