Will Smith's 'sexy genie'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 11 May 2019
Will Smith

Will Smith

Will Smith has revealed that he felt "sexy" while playing the Genie in 'Aladdin'

Will Smith felt "sexy" while playing the Genie in 'Aladdin'.

The 50-year-old actor was cast as the iconic character in Guy Ritchie's live action take on the classic tale and he said he felt very confident in his appearance during filming.

He told Entertainment Tonight: "I was feeling sexy about myself as the genie. I felt sexy about myself."

And he admitted he aspires to be like the Genie in real life.

He said: "This movie has a lot of really great ideas that I love and the concept of the Genie, somebody whose whole existence is dedicated to helping people find themselves and create the lives that they want, that aspect is almost the purest definition of love. So for me playing the Genie – you're always looking for something that you can connect to with a character that's authentic – that devotion and dedication is what I aspire to with my life."

However, Will previously admitted he worried he wouldn't be able to match the performance given by the late Robin Williams, who voiced the character of the Genie in the 1992 animated adventure.

He said: "'The genie will say anything or do anything, there's a certain madness to the genie – that was the fun that Robin Williams created so I was trying to find what that meant, with a little more of a 'Fresh Prince' twist to it.

"I wanted to create something that was both nostalgic but also had a little bit new school sometimes...

"It was quite stressful and daunting. Robin Williams did not leave much room to improve on the Genie.

"Fun is what Robin Williams did so well with the Genie and I've been trying so hard to capture that."


  • 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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