At the Red Sea International Film Festival in Saudi Arabia on Friday, Ritchie — who worked with Smith on 2019’s 阿拉丁 - 告诉 好莱坞报道 that he has “never met a more lovely man” than the 54-year-old Emancipation 星星.
“Working with [史密斯] was one of the most wonderful, great experiences I’ve ever had,” Ritchie, 54, 告诉出口. “I never saw anything other than the consummate, generous gentleman.”
The director, who is rumored to be returning to the world of 阿拉丁 for a sequel to the live-action Disney remake, noted that he would welcome Smith to return as the Genie in 阿拉丁 2.
“I wouldn’t have any issue casting 威尔史密斯 in anything, 因为, as I say, he was just the f—— perfect gentleman,” 他说.
Multiple outlets reported in February 2020 that Disney was moving forward with a sequel to 阿拉丁, with writers John Gatins (航班, Real Steel) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton, The Kitchen) tapped to write a script for the sequel, 作为 THR 当时报道.
The live-action film starred 威尔史密斯, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott as the Genie, Aladdin and Princess Jasmine, 分别. It’s unclear whether any of the three will return for the upcoming movie, which is in pre-production, 根据插座.
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Ritchie is not the only Hollywood figure who has offered compliments to Smith in recent days.
At the Los Angeles premiere of Emancipation — Smith’s first film release since the 奥斯卡 incident in which he slapped 克里斯·洛克 — on Wednesday, Smith’s costar Charmaine Bingwa gushed to PEOPLE of the “美丽的” 史密斯.
“He’s very generous and I like to work with actors who, when you look in their eyes, you can kind of see the world in their eyes, and he has that,” 她说.
这 Good Fight 演员, who plays Smith’s character’s wife in the Antoine Fuqua-directed drama, noted that it felt “so easy to be connected to him on screen.”
“And it worked, because we had a great love to portray, 你知道? So I’m very glad it was that way. It would be a different movie otherwise,” Bingwa said. “But no, he’s marvelous.”
“I think the whole world loves him,” 她说.
Ben Foster, who also stars in Emancipation, told PEOPLE that Smith just has “the thing” that makes him such a major movie star.
“就像是, how do you describe a sunset? How do you describe the stars?” 演员说. “Some people just have the thing.”
“But what I saw was him going deeper than I’ve ever seen before,” Foster added of Smith’s performance in the new movie.