Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Aladdin, I Am Legend, King Richard) made headlines back in March after he walked up on stage and slapped Chris Rock (Spiral, The Longest Yard, Grown Ups 2) across the face after the comedian made a joke about Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith (Girls Trip, Scream 2) and her new movie G.I. Jane 2.
Ever since, a handful of upcoming Will Smith projects have been paused due to the aftermath and backlash the actor has received. Additionally, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences officially banned Will Smith from future Oscar events for the next 10 years.
Despite the backlash and aftermath Will Smith has received, Disney is continuing to promote Smith’s content. Last weekend, when listening to the Disney Hits station on Sirius XM radio, Will Smith’s version of “Friend Like Me” came on.
Aladdin (2019) was a huge success for The Walt Disney Company as it broke records and earned more than $1 billion. The film starred Will Smith (Genie), Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Jasmine), Marwan Kenzari (Jafar), Navid Negahban (Sultan), Nasim Pedrad (Dalia), Billy Magnussen (Prince Anders), and more. Aladdin (2019 was directed by Guy Ritchie.
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