Hook Star Says Robin Williams Was Just Like Aladdin’s Genie in Real Life

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Hook Star Says Robin Williams Was Just Like Aladdin’s Genie in Real Life

Exclusive: Dante Basco, who played Rufio in the 1991 film Hook, says his co-star Robin Williams acted just like Aladdin’s Genie in real life.

Hook star Dante Basco says Robin Williams was just like Aladdin‘s Genie in real life. Long before Cruella, Maleficent, or Mulan, Hook was one of Disney’s first attempts at revitalizing one of their animated classics with a live-action reboot. Released in 1991, Hook successfully breathed new life into the 1953 animated film, Peter Pan. Though the swashbuckling adventure film received mixed reviews from critics at the time and director Steven Spielberg was even disappointed with the final product, Hook has garnered a significant cult following in the years since its release.

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Spielberg’s film is actually a sequel to J.M. Barrie’s classic novel, Peter and Wendy, as it follows an adult workaholic Peter Pan who has forgotten all about his childhood. Another reason Hook‘s popularity has persisted for so long is its impressive ensemble cast. Robin Williams stars as Peter Pan, Dustin Hoffman as Captain Hook, Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell, Bob Hoskins as Mr. Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy. Dante Basco stars as one of the protagonists named Rufio whose origin story was actually explored in the 2017 short film, Bangarang.

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