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

Will Smith Tells the Story of How He Took 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Role When His Album Flopped

But the follow up album, And In This Corner.... was not as successful and led Smith into financial trouble. I had spent all my money and I didn't forget but I didn't pay the IRS. In my mind, I wasn't like trying to avoid paying taxes.

The actor made a "Storytime" vlog on his YouTube channel printed on Thursday, recounting the story of how he remodeled into the long-lasting character in a five-minute video and the story is as unconventionally Hollywood as they arrive.

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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.

In trouble and hopeless, his then-girlfriend suggested Smith just hang around Paramount near the The Arsenio Hall Show studio in hopes of meeting someone influential. "Benny Medina is the real-life Recent Prince of Bel Air", Smith mentioned.

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Encouraged by legendary music producer Quincy Jones to audition on the spot at a party at his mansion, Smith landed the part instantly. Smith told Jones his rap name, "The Fresh Prince", which became the root of the title for the show. "Yeah, three weeks from now would be good, or you can take 10 minutes right now and you can change your life forever", Q told Smith.

"I used to be like f- it then".

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Will Smith's 90's sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is beloved by many, and was what truly convinced the world that Smith was more than just a goofy rapper, but that he was also a skilled actor. "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". "The IRS took all that stuff, so I was like, broke, broke, broke". "No paralysis, do evaluation!' Like how did he make Thriller like this?" And I suppose we have a drunk Quincy Jones (and Smith's ex-girlfriend) to thank for one of the best TV shows of the '90s.

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