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Chosen One of the Day: The Genie's dry ponytail from the live-action Aladdin

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Jan 2, 2019, 10:30 AM EST

One of the longest-running relationships in Hollywood is the complex love affair between bad hair pieces and the unfortunate souls who have them sitting atop their heads throughout the duration of a show or film. There just doesn’t seem to be a budget for a decent looking wig. It’s like the entire industry is against quality hair, especially when it comes to Black actors. No one is safe, not even an A-list actor such as Will Smith.

First look photos of him in character as the Genie in the upcoming live-action remake of Disney's Aladdin featured Smith with a very sad mess of a ponytail placed right smack dab in the middle of his head.


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This makeshift ponytail wouldn’t be available in the clearance bins of your local beauty supply. It honestly wouldn’t even be available at the back of Claire's with the rest of the drawstring ponytails. Its like they told Will Smith to stand as still as possible as they spun the hair and wardrobe person around a few times and then commenced to play a game of pin the ponytail on Smith’s bald head.

The Genie spent all that time in the lamp only to pop out with a dry ponytail devoid of any kind of moisture. The ponytail is dryer than the Cave of Wonders. Maybe that’s what the ponytail is going for, dry realness.

Will Smith as the Genie in Aladdin

Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

There is just no reason for a magical being capable of granting the most elaborate wishes one could ask for to be granting them with a ponytail dry enough to make sand look like snow. Hopefully, along with his freedom at the end of Aladdin, the Genie also receives a bottle of argan oil. 

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