When the first-look photos arrived in 2018, Will Smith, who plays Genie, was not blue and just wore a long top knot.
— Jason Carlos (@jaarlos) December 19, 2018
The new trailer featured the blue Smith shown at the end with Aladdin entering the cave to retrieve the magical lamp in which the Genie resides.
The first look at Smith’s blue Genie in the live-action film triggered an onslaught of internet mockery.
First look at Will Smith as the Genie in the up coming live action Aladdin pic.twitter.com/yFLxrVJXv2
— Xanny DeVito (@trevorstweetss) February 11, 2019
now this is a story all about how
my life got flipped turned upside down
& i’d like to take a minute
just sit right there
i’ll tell you how i became a meme
and destroyed your new year pic.twitter.com/BWHMlOKA63
— Bright Wall/Dark Room (@BWDR) February 11, 2019
guys calm down Will Smith looks fine pic.twitter.com/t90CPqY2VR
— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) February 11, 2019
The internet reacting to Will Smith’s genie pic.twitter.com/gK6ginlrxQ
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) February 11, 2019
One taught me love
One taught me patience
One taught me pain pic.twitter.com/FMerfVNwgx
— Jonathon Dornbush (@jmdornbush) February 11, 2019
Will Smith genie is what appears in my room when I have sleep paralysis pic.twitter.com/NzMDOgvkkz
— Jenny Nicholson (@JennyENicholson) February 11, 2019
— Q U I N N (@QuinnKeaney) February 11, 2019
All three of my wishes would be to unsee the Will Smith genie
— well well looks like the sam's on the other lloyd (@HelloSamLloyd) February 11, 2019
I used to be really afraid of the dog from “Son of the Mask” One of the few nightmares I remember distinctly was that character chasing me down the street and then sinking it’s teeth into me
I haven’t been afraid of a character since
Will Smith Genie is terrifying pic.twitter.com/pExb9oSuTV
— Jæson (@aKeaneMachine) February 11, 2019
— Count Orlok (@DeaditeDerek) February 11, 2019
— Director Yeti (@The_JeremyPerez) February 11, 2019
Will Smith’s genie is about to give nightmares to a whole new generation of children pic.twitter.com/wLOqnJ6ENv
— Juan Escalante (@JuanSaaa) February 11, 2019
Will Smith a smurf on HGH. I want to speak to the manager pic.twitter.com/wb0TGuFEji
— Bruce Chillroy (@AyoRush) February 11, 2019
Will Smith in the new Aladdin trailer: pic.twitter.com/NsM4HIvb1F
— Dustin (@DustinBeaudrey) February 11, 2019
Some Disney fans said they would wait to make their minds up about Smith’s character once the movie is released in May.
Yeah, that Will Smith Genie looks a liiiiiiitttle off, but I reckon in the full thing it’ll look wild as heck in a good way. Intrigued.
— Ben M-J (@V_Ben) February 11, 2019
So first fans complain Will Smith's genie wasnt blue even though that was promo photos, now they are complaining he is blue. Can tall make up your minds or better yet stop trying to be directors. Criticism is not bad when constructive but yall didnt make this movie. #Aladdín
— Kerr The Blurr (@KerrTheBlurr) February 11, 2019
Will Smith is getting paid 20 million (at least) and will get more when people go in droves see what is almost definitely a crap movie.
So he’s probably not feeling too bad that yawl thinks he looks stupid.
— Na'a (@NaaMurad) February 11, 2019
This is my #Aladdin tweet: Didn't think it was SO bad. Not great. The fx were probably not ready for primetime. Let's see how the next trailer & final product look. Kinda excited to see Will Smith in this. And let's talk about that cast that's not, like, all white people!
— Aaron Sagers #BlackLivesMatter (@aaronsagers) February 11, 2019
Smith posted the trailer to his Instagram, writing, “I told y’all I was gon’ be Blue!!”
Aladdin hits theatres on May 24 and stars Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and Smith.
Watch the trailer in the video above.
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