The Internet Memed The Heck Out Of Will Smith's Blue AF Genie
Smith's Genie is a far cry from Robin Williams's cartoon Genie, and the internet is having a field day.
It finally happened. After weeks of digital lamp rubbing, Disney finally let Genie out of the bottle for the people of the internet and revealed Will Smith's Genie. Let's just say we can't believe there's such a thing as too blue.
In case you missed it, fans got a major surprise during the Grammys on Sunday night when Disney dropped the first TV spot for the live-action remake of Aladdin. In the spot, we get a sneak peek at the way Agrabah looks in the day time (we must say, it is beautiful), Jafar finally speaks, Jasmine looks phenomenal, and to save the best for last, we finally get confirmation that Genie is indeed blue.
In fact, he's bluer than blue. And fans? They're sadder than sad.
"You really don't know who I am?!" Smith's Genie asks Aladdin as he spirals out of the lamp. "Genie? Wishes? Lamp? None of that ringin' a bell?"
Uh, to answer on Aladdin's behalf: No, Genie, because you are nothing like we remembered. Judging by his brief appearance, Genie looks like a jacked Avatar (or Smurf, even) who spends most of his time at the gym. I can't say it's a good look.
Smith even took to Instagram to point out the extreme blue-ness of his character.
"I told y'all I was gon' be Blue!!" he shared. "Y'all need to trust me more often! #Aladdin."
We won't trust you again after this, Will!
We can't say for sure if it's just a botched CGI job or if they intentionally made Genie the stuff of nightmares, but as a result, the web produced hundreds of savage AF memes. It's pretty clear having a creepy Genie is NOT one of our wishes.
Some think the character looks like Arrested Development's Tobias Fünke.
Others think he resembles Paul Giammati's character in Big Fat Liar.
And some point out he straight-up looks like Thanos' long-lost cousin.
As for the rest of the internet? Let's just say legions of people are expecting the Genie to pop into their nightmares soon — and that's putting it lightly.
When the first photo teaser of Aladdin dropped, Smith's Genie was in human form, and people complained that he looked nothing like the big, adorable wish granter we adored.
"My character will be CGI most of the movie," he said at the time.
But now that our wish was granted, we want to cash in on another wish: Here's hoping the film's artists do an overhaul and make him look a little less creepy before the official release.
Directed by Guy Ritchie, the live-action Aladdin hits the big screen May 24.
Will you be watching?