Will Smith says Aladdin will pay homage to Robin Williams

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 December 2018
Will Smith

Will Smith

Hollywood star Will Smith says the Genie in his 'Aladdin' remake will pay homage to the late Robin Williams

Will Smith's version of the Genie in his 'Aladdin' remake will pay "homage" to the late Robin Williams.

The 50-year-old actor has assumed the role of the Genie in the upcoming live-action film, and Will has admitted he initially found playing the character – who Williams voiced in the 1992 'Aladdin' movie – to be a daunting prospect.

He confessed: "Whenever you're doing things that are iconic, it's always terrifying. The question is always: where was there meat left on the bone? Robin didn't leave a lot of meat on the bone with the character."

But, over time, Will developed a confidence that he could "deliver something that was a homage to Robin Williams but was musically different".

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Will added: "Just the flavour of the character would be different enough and unique enough that it would be in a different lane, versus trying to compete."

The upcoming film also stars the likes of Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud.

And according to Will, working on the Guy Ritchie-directed project was "one of the greatest film-making experiences" of his career.

He said: "I have worked at most of the studios, and Disney just knows what they are doing.

"It was really a spectacular team of people that came together around a classic story. It's so spectacular, it's such a beautiful movie and I can't wait for people to see it."


  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 8min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Guy Ritchie
  • Cast: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad, Numan Acar, Billy Magnussen, Alan Tudyk, Frank Welker
  • UK release: 22 May 2019

Disney’s live-action version of 1992’s Aladdin features a fun, fast-talking and scene-stealing Smith and terrific work from Massoud and Scott as Aladdin and Jasmine, but against that there’s some weird VFX, odd directorial choices and a well-intentioned but clunky female empowerment number. Enjoyable and entertaining…

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