Where were you when you first saw the demonic anti-christ that was Will Smith as the Genie in the live-action version of Aladdin in all of his blue ungodliness?
I was pouring bleach over myself, in an attempt to get clean.
For mere mortals like us, that was the most shocking casting in the upcoming Disney movie, but it wasn’t for comedian Gilbert Gottfried who voiced Iago in the original 1992 picture. (You can see where this is going, can’t you?)
After it was confirmed that Alan Tudyk – who (deep breath*) voiced characters in Rogue One, Moana, Zootopia, Big Hero 6, Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Ice Age – was cast as Iago, Gilbert had something to say about it.
* I don’t know why I implied I took a deep breath, when all I did was type a few words. It just seems counterproductive, really.
Gilbert vented his anger, originally, by sharing posts on Twitter questioning why Alan was cast for the role of the talking-parrot over Gilbert, but then I thought – being the kind, sincere man that I am – I’d help ease the pain, by… Shit stirring and asking Gilbert exactly what he thought.
I’m sure we’re all aware that he’s a comedian and the greatest teller of The Aristocrats gag, so it soon lead to Gilbert implying that he didn’t get the gig after “they tried to fit [Gilbert] on a crane and fly me around”.
He then took a jab at Kevin Spacey, after he said he was replaced by Christopher Plummer, only to be fired from House of Cards.
Of course, I wanted some hard-hitting journalistic ammo; a deep, tell-all by Gilbert about the scandal behind Disney casting. However, what I got, was much better – Gilbert making jokes about Kevin Spacey’s sexual assault charges. It’s literally like the Genie is granting my wishes.