For years, Sinbad has been connected to a ’90s film called Shazaam where he allegedly played a genie who appears to help a pair of kids out. However, this film doesn’t exist, and Sinbad’s children are trying to continue to set the record straight.
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According to Sinbad’s daughter Paige Bryan in an interview with NBCLX, the film “did not happen,” and people need to “get over it.” His son, Royce Adkins, went on to say that even “people the closest to us who know everything about our family” have gone on to wonder if the movie is actually real or not. Sinbad has also tweeted about this nonexistent movie.
If you’re one of the many people who believe the film existed, then you may be falling under the umbrella of the Mandela Effect, a belief that specific details from the past are being altered or changed. The phenomenon has its name after a common belief that former South African president Nelson Mandela had actually died in prison in the 1990s, even though he lived well beyond that before passing away in 2013.
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When it comes to Sinbad, the most common answer for the confusion is that legendary NBA player Shaquille O’Neal starred in a film, Kazaam, where he played a genie. According to Sinbad’s daughter, the two are confused constantly. “Our dad has been mistaken for Shaquille O’Neal more times than makes logical sense,” she said.