- Walt Disney Studios
- A new trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” premiered during the Grammys on Sunday night.
- It gave fans their first clear look at Will Smith as the iconic blue Genie.
- People were quick to react with shock and horror – and the image has now become a meme online.
Following the release of a new trailer during Sunday night’s Grammy Awards, as INSIDER’s Kim Renfro previously reported, people are feeling dubious about the choice to do a live-action cast with a CGI version of Will Smith as the iconic Genie. Many people found the blue body with Smith’s face imposed on top either “terrifying” or just downright uncanny.
A few days later, fans have had some time to sit with the image – and, as with anything mildly off-putting on the internet, it’s become a ubiquitous meme.
Some viewers came up with hilariously accurate comparisons.
This looks like an auto insurance commercial that comes on at 2 am pic.twitter.com/RNyTNAgMBK
— Matt Buechele (@mattbooshell) February 11, 2019
Will Smith as the genie looks like what one of those kids from the 90’s Fruit Gushers commercials would look like if they never found a cure for their fruit curse.
— Jhonen Vasquez (@JhonenV) February 11, 2019
— Matthew Mojica (@BoxingSins) February 11, 2019
Cant top the original… pic.twitter.com/vMMPfyupXI
— @JWInfo (@JWInfo) February 11, 2019
Same energy pic.twitter.com/knN8TXWn8F
— Octo! (@Octopimp) February 11, 2019
The Will Smith genie looks like it's airbrushed on an unlicensed rollercoaster that dislocates shoulders
— TOM (@tomwalkerisgood) February 11, 2019
— Pedro Sorto (@HokiePedro) February 11, 2019
— Juan Miguel Deleon (@Videogameboypro) February 11, 2019
Will Smith’s genie looks like Mike Tyson auditioning for the Blue Man Group pic.twitter.com/N9W4u8Er3k
— Unhappy Gilmore (@scuntpunt) February 12, 2019
Others have felt geniunely haunted by the image, joking that it’s the stuff of nightmares and sleep paralysis.
Caption This pic.twitter.com/XmhhbBXy6T
— Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) February 11, 2019
They premiered this image at night??? We are supposed to sleep after this??? I have never known peace pic.twitter.com/zUzl8X1Axw
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) February 11, 2019
— Steph (@stephimus_prime) 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
— ????DJNV (@Nick_Vera) February 11, 2019
Imagine going to sleep after seeing Will Smith’s Genie and thinking you won’t wake up at 3am with cold sweats after having nightmares about it. pic.twitter.com/RtZBbfyycN
— Jeramy Wainwright (@JeramyWainwrigh) February 11, 2019
“Aladdin,” directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine and Mena Massoud as Aladdin, arrives in theaters on May 24.
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