Will Smith Used His ‘Fresh Prince’ Persona as Inspiration for Genie in ‘Aladdin’

Will Smith Used His ‘Fresh Prince’ Persona as Inspiration for Genie in ‘Aladdin’


My people. My people are here. Two lucky people. You beat out hundreds
of actors for this. I mean, everybody wanted
to be a part of this movie, and the two of
you got– you must be thrilled with yourselves. Yeah, well, very blessed. We’re very blessed to
be here, and grateful. And we hope people
liked the film. I think they will. I think it’s going
to do really well. And were you fans
of the original? Oh, yeah. Oh, I loved the
original growing up. I think also because it was a
movie that me and my brother loved. It has everything for
everyone– adventure, drama, and, of course, Princess
Jasmine was one of my favorites. Yeah. I mean, yeah, it’s
kind of surreal. I don’t think it’s
really sunk in yet. So when you when you got
the role of the genie, did you know this was happening? Did you go after it? The first thing– so they
called, and they say hey, we want you to play the genie. We’re doing a live action
version of Aladdin. And I was like, nah, man. No, Robin Williams like
smashed that thing. It’s like, you have
to be careful stepping into projects like that. At first I looked at it– Ellen, have some water. Oh, Ellen. She is such a good host. She’s over in– I’m looking at her, and
she’s like, she’s looking and she’s trying to
listen to the story. She’s like [COUGHING]. That could have
been edited out, now you’ve made it entertaining. So it’s great. All right, so you said
no, because Robin. Robin, you know, he
really smashed this role. He revolutionized what you could
do in these kinds of movies. So I was listening and
listening, and I was like, I just didn’t think
I wanted to touch it. And then I started
playing with the music, and the music is where I
found my in to the genie. “A Friend Like Me”
was the first song that I messed with
in the studio, and then I found
that sort of hip hop flavor that was sort of– what Robin did was he
took his stand up persona, and used his stand up persona. And I was like, oh, I could
just use my sort of Fresh Prince persona and use that
because the genie has been forward and back in time,
so you can pull references from anywhere. So I mirrored that,
and the hip hop in was where I saw I could
put my own signature, while maintaining
the nostalgic value. And you sing. We know you as a rapper,
but then you sing in this. Yes, I sing. It’s the first time. First time we’re
hearing you sing. It’s great. So many talents. Your brother was obsessed,
right, with Will? Yes, my brother is the
biggest Will Smith fan. And I feel like people say that. They’re like, oh I’m the
biggest Will Smith fan. My brother actually
has, or had– no he still has it– a life size
cardboard cut out of Will Smith before he got this
role in his room. And I would walk past, because
I just like see this lifestyle cardboard cut out. Yeah, and it’s the first
time that I’ve ever gotten an international
restraining order. So on four continents he has
to stay 50 yards away from me. Always a first. It’s true. And you all shot in
Jordan in the desert? How was that? That was amazing. We got to the desert, and
there was champagne flowing, and they were giving us these
beautiful scarves and dancers. And we found out, Will
threw this huge party in the desert for us
when we got there. So it was– it was amazing. And then we went back for press. Yeah it’s really
important to me– I’ve done a lot of these movies
and as I’m getting older, it’s starting to be more
and more important to me that the ideas and the
messaging of the piece be a contribution
to the human family. I just cannot wait till all
of your daughters get to see the Princess Jasmine
that the Naomi created. Very cool.

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  4. Naomi Scott reminds me of Millie Bobby Brownโ€™s they act alike and the accent and hair and everything ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜ฉ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’“

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  6. eala' aldiyn haa qisat earabiat min 1001 qisat kanat tuhkiha al'amirat shahrzad zawjat almalik shahriar wakan almalik shahriar qabl zawajat min shahrizad yatazawaj kl ywm mn 'iimr'at wayaqtaluha fa alsabah waeindama tuzawij shhrzad qararat 'ana tuhkaa lt kl yawm qisatan wala tunhiha fa alsabah liazala mutashawiq limaerifat nihayat alqisat wahakdha zalat tuhkaa lat alqasas hataa aitamtaha 1001qisatan 'alf laylat walaylat wamin hidhat alqasas almushawiqat eala' aldiyn walmisbah alsuhrii sunadbad ealaa

    ุนุฑุถ ุงู„ู…ุฒูŠุฏ

    Aladdin is an Arabic story from 1001
    A story that was told by Princess Shahrazad, the wife of King Shahriar. Before the marriage of Shahrazad, Shahrizad married every day a woman and killed her in the morning. One thousand and one nights and these interesting stories Aladdin and the magic lamp Sinbad on

  7. Sexxxy Mena Massoud! Naomi is beautiful! And what's up with not giving her a hashtag Ellen show, is she not on Twitter? Will is very funny, and like many people he will always be the Fresh Prince to me. ๐Ÿ˜˜

  8. I purchased the DVD and have watched it 3 times. This is a great movie, probably Will Smith's second best movie, right behind Ali in which he received and Oscar Nomination for.

  9. Will def was the best fit to be genie if anyone was to play tht role a role tht was smashed by a great actor in robin Williams.

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  11. I just watched the movie and gossshhh I hope there is part 2 ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…..
    WILL SMITH IS MY FAV. EVER .. โค

  12. Every girl who played the princess always tells the interviewer that they always love the princess or it is their favorite movie. Hmmm.. really or just saying.

  13. I love Mena! Heโ€™s just so adorable. Naomi is so beautiful but sheโ€™s not one whoโ€™d flaunt it or maybe not even aware how beautiful she is. She amazes me on how simple she could get in her choice of wardrobe. She could probably choose sexier clothes but youโ€™d often see her in a more comfy ones. And of course Will Smith is such a down to earth person!

  14. Naomi isn't getting enough attention, shes such a good actor with an AMAZING voice and lets not forget it must have really hard to switch her accent, BUT SHE NAILED IT

  15. mena hasnt even gotten an auditionnnnnn since. guys talk abt will and naomi all you want but we completely ignored the actual colored person.

  16. when I first found out will Smith was go play that role o though it was a big role to step in to as Robin Williams done a great job in the first one but will Smith did a great job and I think Robin Williams would be happy with what you did!

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