Will Smith plays to his own beat in ‘Aladdin’

LOS ANGELES — Will Smith knew he was stepping into big shoes as the wish-granting Genie in Disney’s live-action version of its animated classic “Aladdin.”

That 1992 Oscar winner soared with Robin Williams’ improvised riffs as the man in the bottle.

Smith discovered with this, his first Disney movie, that “Disney Magic is real. At the core of these stories is something that shocks the inner child within you and forces it to come alive and smile and appreciate the moment. This was...

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