Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

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

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

"Before I was in trouble with Uncle Phil, I was in trouble with Uncle Sam", the 49-year-old explained in the video on Thursday (10May18). In my mind, I wasn't trying to avoid taxes, I was just like "Ah, damn, they need their money"'.

The Suicide Squad star recalled his then-girlfriend urging him to pay a go to to the Arsenio Corridor Present and instructed him to hang around and attempt to meet with different creators in Hollywood in an try to show his profession round.

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.

Now, just to be clear, you shouldn't take Smith as an example of a career path to follow, as not everyone has the skills to be both a famous rapper and a famous actor. Records A&R Benny Medina.

'I met Benny and he pitches me the idea for this show, and I'm like, "I'm not an actor"'.

It seems so long ago that he was the King Of Hollywood, giving even Tom Cruise and Harrison Ford a run for their money with a string of hits that included Bad Boys, Independence Day and Men In Black. Despite refusing at first because he wasn't prepared, Jones told Smith to "take 10 minutes right now and you can change your life".

And it is fair to say that it all kicked off thanks to Smith landing the leading role in what would go on to become of the most-loved sitcoms of the last few decades, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. Benny Medina is the real-life Fresh Prince of Bel Air'. He was brought to the home of Quincy Jones, music producer extraordinaire. The IRS took all my stuff (bikes and cars). Like how did he make Thriller like this?' Simply by saying "yes" to an opportunity, he became "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air" and put himself on a track to lasting stardom.

"So the moral of the story is always say yes and I guess listen to your girlfriend", said Smith at the end of the video.

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