Genie Will Smith's Beatboxing in "Aladdin" Is "Pure Nightmare Fuel"

April 4, 2019
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Guy Ritchie premiered a clip from his upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin at CinemaCon in Las Vegas earlier this week, which included Will Smith's Genie beat-boxing during the song "Friend Like Me." The reaction on Twitter was, uh, passionate, with Barry Hertz calling the musical number "pure nightmare fuel" and Scott Wampler calling it "a LOT." Even worse for the film's prospects, the reaction to footage from Jon Favreau's live-action remake of The Lion King was universally positive, leaving Aladdin in the critical dust.