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Why Didn't Aladdin Just...?
Posted: Posted October 20th by Laxan
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My best friend and I were discussing Robin William's amazing career asan actor when my friend mentioned, "If Aladdin wanted more wishes past his third wish, why didn't he just wish for more genies?"

Mind blown. I've never thought about that before.

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You probably never thought of it before because if you saw the movie, Genie explicitly states that he can't wish for more wishes. He will only grant three.

Posted October 20th by Jet Presto
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There are three hard rules that Genie describes when explaining how it works. Can't make anyone fall in love. Can't kill anyone. And can't bring anyone back from the dead. But one of the first things he tells him is that he won't grant more than three wishes, so "ixnay on the wishing for more wishes, that's it, three, uno dos tres."

Posted October 20th by Jet Presto
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That said, I find Robin Williams a little exhausting in Aladdin, and it's always a little hard to revisit it because of how Disney lied to him to get him to make the movie. I know eventually after a change in Disney leadership, they repaired the relationship, but it kinda stinks to know that Disney made bank on the back of Williams by deceiving him and ignoring his grounds for doing the work. Williams was a great actor, though, with an incredible career. It's funny how many comedians do drama so well, too. Honestly still not sure I'm over his suicide.

Posted October 20th by Jet Presto
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Wasn't aware of that story, what did they lie to him about?

Posted October 20th by Moonray
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So they basically made the movie around the idea of Williams as the Genie. It's arguably the first time a studio really made an animated movie with the idea of using a specific celebrity as the focal point. (Nowadays, every animated feature stars big, A-List celebrities, and not that they didn't ever do them in the past before Aladdin, but studios didn't really make that the central advertising point.)

Williams had always been thoughtful about his celebrity status and was never super into the idea of his characters being used to sell products. He eventually agreed to do the project on two conditions: first, they allow him to finish Fern Gulley (which they originally weren't going to let him do, but he had promised to do that film). Second, the character of the Genie as portrayed by Williams could not be the focal point of the advertising and they didn't use Genie to sell stuff. Disney promised that they wouldn't use the Genie for any more than a third of the promotional material and agreed to Williams's terms. Naturally, once the film was finished, Disney almost immediately started slapping Genie on everything to sell merch and they licensed it all out to other corporations (I can't remember if it were McDonald's or Burger King, but Genie was a popular toy for their kids' meals). This was literally one of the demands Williams had to do the film, and Disney went back on it. They had also kinda whipped him around claiming to be "working on it" and never really backing down. He eventually just refused to work with or even talk with Disney afterwards.

Eventually, there was a leadership change at Disney and the new CEO or whatever issued an apology to Williams, which brought him back to the table to talk. Eventually they were able to repair the relationship and he reprised the role for the third film.

Posted October 20th by Jet Presto
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