Will Smith reveals he was hesitant to play Genie, says it was tough to match up to Robin Williams' performance


Fans had been having a lot of concerns about Disney’s latest Aladdin remake, prominent among them being the role of Will Smith as the Genie.

Will recently opened about these fan criticisms and concerns and said, "I pay deep respect to the first genie from the 1992 animated film, voiced by Robin Williams. My original response was to refute the role, because Williams had done a smashing job, and there was nothing left to add." 

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However, he explained that after meeting director Guy Ritchie, Will started focusing on the music. He had a revelation when he reached Friend Like Me, and sampling other songs, came up with a rap. He then went on to perform some of the rap on a talk show, giving audiences a taste of what they can expect from his role in the film, especially in terms of music.

This is Will's first ever Disney movie, and accompanying him as Jasmine is co-star Naomi Scott while Aladdin is played by Mena Massoud. The film released on May 24 and has already made $100 billion in its opening weekend.