Will Smith pays tribute to late Robin Williams’ original ‘Genie’

Robin Williams was the first actor to lend his voice for the big blue Genie in the animated flick Aladdin way back in 1992. In the live-action version of the same film set for a 24th May release, Will Smith will be essaying the role of ‘Genie’, and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air paid a tribute to the legendary actor in a very lovely way through his post on social media.

He shared an image of two ‘Genies’ and wrote, “I know Genies don’t have Feet… But you left some Big Shoes to fill, R.I.P Robin”.

The Men In Black actor was remembering the comedy legend who passed away in 2014.

In an interview, Will Smith expressed the actual fear he faced when he was first approached by Disney for the role.  “When you are doing the things which are iconic it is always terrifying because you don’t know where you stand and it already has some standard in the view of the others and will you be able to do the justice to that thing. Robin didn’t leave any stone unturned where I can try to grab something for myself”.

He further added, “There is a massive difference between the Live-action and the animated version, it will look and feel very different and in that, I was very much encouraged by the team to do it my way.”

He commented, “The Genie is timeless and you get to really say and do anything which gave me a boost of confidence that I will be able to deliver something which can be a tribute to Robin Williams.”

Nimra Arshad

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