Will Smith Details How He Became the 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

Will Smith Fresh Prince

Will Smith Fresh Prince

Earlier this week we reported that Bad Boys 3 is now officially a go, and with the upcoming, very interesting sounding Gemini Man in the works, Smith took some time out to tell the story of how he landed the show that sent his career into the stratosphere. He was buying motorcycles and cars and, most importantly, not paying his taxes.

It's hard to imagine there was a time when Will Smith was dead broke, let alone dead broke and famous at the same time. "In my mind, I wasn't trying to avoid taxes, I was just like 'Ah, damn, they need their money, '" Smith joked. The rapper's next album "flopped" and he was left broke and at the mercy of the IRS.

The rapper shot to fame as rapper The Fresh Prince with childhood friend DJ Jazzy Jeff in 1987 with their debut album, Rock The House, and their follow-up album He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper went triple-platinum in 1989.

However, his then-girlfriend who urged him to visit The Arsenio Hall Show to try and turn his career around, and it was there he met Benny Medina, who pitched him the idea for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. "I met Benny and he pitches me the thought for this present, and I'm like, 'I'm not an actor'". Smith was invited to meet Quincy Jones who handed Smith a screenplay and asked him to audition for the lead role of "Fresh Prince" on the spot.

Speaking of the impromptu audition Will said: 'I was like fuck it then. "So the legal professionals go right into a limo and so they're drawing up the primary deal for The Recent Prince of Bel Air".


Will recalled: 'He had been drinking, it was obvious.

'Quincy is like popping up at the windows going like, "No paralysis, do analysis!" Like how did he make Thriller like this?'

The series ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996 and made Smith a superstar.

Did y'all hear the man - listen to the women in your life!

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