Will Smith Said It Was 'Terrifying' To Replace Robin Williams In New 'Aladdin'

Can you imagine a more daunting task than recreating the role Robin Williams smashed out of the park?

Will Smith revealed he was pretty nervous when he got the call to play the larger-than-life Genie in Guy Ritchie's new adaptation of Disney classic 'Aladdin'.

Williams wowed kids -- and their parents -- when he voiced the Genie 27 years ago, at a time when cartoons and animated films were the realms of unknown voice actors, not A-listers.

"It was terrifying to even think about jumping into the shoes that Robin Wiliams created," Smith told Rove McManus in an interview for The Project.

"He just smashed it, he revolutionised what you could do with animation."

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The former 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' star likened the recreation of 'Aladdin' to another iconic film that most filmmakers probably wouldn't dare reboot.

"It's like, 'hey Will, we're remaking 'The Godfather', we want you for the Al Pacino role'," he joked of the daunting task.

Will Smith said he got to keep his Genie topknot. Photo: Network 10.

But the new role seemed more achievable when Smith realised that -- just as Williams had -- he needed to inject his own lovable personality into the character.

"I realised what Robin had done with the original Genie was he basically used his stand up comedy persona," Smith said.

It dawned on me that I could do that with the persona of Will Smith, what people remember from that '90s era.

Fans were a little concerned when the first images of Smith as the Genie emerged, showing him completely painted blue, just like the animated original character.

"People think that blue Genie is me, but its a 100 percent CGI character... I never had any blue on me, ever!" he laughed.

We've gotta say, that's a big relief.

The live-action film also stars Meena Massoud and Naomi Scott as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. The movie is due to hit Australian cinemas this week.

Main Image: Network 10.