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Will Smith and Guy Ritchie React to ‘Aladdin’ Genie Backlash by Looking On the Bright Side

Will Smith and Guy Ritchie React to ‘Aladdin’ Genie Backlash by Looking On the Bright Side

Will Smith is looking at the glass half full when it comes to the internet backlash over his appearance as the Genie in Disney’s live-action “Aladdin.” Smith’s VFX character was unveiled for the first time February 10 in a teaser that debuted during the Grammy awards. Fan reaction to blue Will Smith was overwhelmingly negative. The actor’s appearance as the Genie launched hundreds of memes on the internet mocking the character’s look (many compared the Genie to Tobias Fünke in “Arrested Development”), but Smith tells Empire he took it all in good fun.

“It was very funny,” Smith said about the response to his Genie. “There was a Sonic the Hedgehog / Genie frog. Everything is under such critical scrutiny. I came up in an era where there was no internet. It’s a new thing that I’m trying to get a handle on.”

Ritchie told Empire

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