‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Cast Calls Will Smith Out for His Distracting Habit on Set

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Will Smith and the solid of his hit ‘90s sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, took a stroll down reminiscence lane for his or her highly-anticipated reunion. And when recalling a number of the most nerve-wracking moments of the debut season, many within the solid referred to as Smith out for an annoying behavior he had on set.

The cast of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'
The solid of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ | NBCU Photo Bank

‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ was Will Smith’s first main appearing job

Before The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Smith was a Grammy-winning rap artist. As one half of the hip-hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, he launched hit songs like “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and “Girls Ain’t Nothing But Trouble.”

In 1990, music supervisor Benny Medina pitched Smith on a sitcom loosely primarily based on Medina’s personal life. He additionally proposed the concept to file mogul Quincy Jones and introduced Smith to fulfill him. 

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“So I got to Quincy’s house and Benny Medina pitched me the whole idea of the show,” Smith revealed on the HBO Max reunion particular. “It was based on Benny Medina’s life. He went from Watts to Beverly Hills. We go to Quincy’s house and Benny’s like, ‘Hey, this is the Fresh Prince.’ Quincy says, ‘I know who that boy is. I’ve seen his stuff. Come on in.’”

Will Smith wasn’t assured about appearing

Smith did an impromptu audition for Jones and Medina. But he was reluctant. He had no prior appearing expertise and requested the producers for time to prep. 

“I say, ‘Quincy, I’m not an actor,” Smith recalled in the course of the reunion. “‘Just give me two weeks. Let me find an acting coach. Let me work on it and let’s set up a proper audition.’”

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But Jones knew that Smith needed to signal on as quickly as attainable. So he auditioned him in ten minutes and wrote up a deal that night time. And three months later, Smith shot the pilot for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ solid remembers one in every of Will Smith’s habits on set

When Smith requested co-star Karyn Parsons what she remembered about taking pictures the pilot on the Fresh Prince reunion particular, she referred to as him out for an annoying behavior he had on set. She stated that in filming, Smith would silently mouth her personal traces again to her. His different co-stars, together with Tatyana Ali and Alfonso Ribeiro, confirmed that Smith did the identical factor to them. 

From rapper to TV actor in three months, Smith was understandably nervous whereas filming these first episodes. And in his protection, he defined that memorizing everybody’s traces was the simplest manner for him to recollect his personal. “So my side of that was when we were on the set of the pilot, that was my first time like really doing dialogue, I learned everybody’s [dialogue].”

Smith revealed that he may very well be seen visibly mouthing his co-star’s dialogues in some early episodes. “I knew everybody’s lines,” he confessed. “I would have played Uncle Phil. I could have played Aunt Viv, I knew everybody’s words.”

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Smith famous that whereas rehearsing for episode 5, Parsons stopped him in the midst of a scene and simply stated, “Stop it!.” And he recalled that by that time within the season, the crew compelled him to observe these clips again so he may see how unhealthy it appeared. 

As time went on, Smith’s confidence as an actor grew. And in later episodes, he’s not seen mouthing traces. 

Now, 30 years later, Smith quite a few accolades for his appearing, together with two Academy Award nominations and 5 Golden Globe nods. And as hard-working as he’s, he’ll seemingly proceed incomes recognition for his expertise. 

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