Will Smith as the Genie

Chesapeake Movie Thoughts No. 2 – Will Smith as the Genie

TRANSCRIPT

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So in movie news this week, they say that
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reportedly Will Smith is in talks to
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play the genie in the live-action
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remake of Disney’s Aladdin. Yeah, I know
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what that casting. The problem is of
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course that you’re never going to fill
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Rob Williams’ shoes. You just can’t. But you
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know, Will Smith, he can bring a
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certain energy and charisma to it, so
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yeah, I would see how he does. The problem
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it’s always going to be with something
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like Aladdin which is it’s really
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one of Disney’s best animated films.
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You can’t really keep it too close to
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the original, because if you’re just like
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redoing the original you’re never going
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to be as good, so there’s always only a
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better version of the original out there.
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So, you know, my advice to Disney would be
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to take it in a different direction, and
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I would say think Deadpool but G-rated,
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because you’ve already got a character
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like the genie, which like Deadpool, say,
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you know, pop culture referencing fourth-
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wall breaking character. I say, you know,
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just have him be telling story
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throughout the whole movie. His breaking
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in all the time with, you know, jokes and
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things and just doing it in his own way.
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Now make it all about the genie, and yeah,
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I think Will Smith could do that. So
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we’ll see how they do. I’ve liked to some
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degree most of their live-action remix. I
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haven’t seen Beauty and the Beast yet, so I
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don’t really know about that. I’ve heard
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it was… I’ve heard people say they didn’t
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hate it. But it is making a lot of money
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so, you know, what reviews I’m hearing
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aren’t matching the box office. I haven’t
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seen it yet, because the trailers I saw
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looked too close to the original, and
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I’m like, “I’ve already got a better
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version of this on my shelf,” but we’ll
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see how it goes.

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