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

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

Smith's girlfriend at the time offered some advice that would essentially change his career - she told him to go on the Arsenio Hall Show.

The actor said he did not pay his taxes and then had a flop when the rap duo released their second album.

Smith shared the backstory of how he became part of the iconic sitcom on his YouTube channel.

Will Smith was broke and owed millions in taxes when he auditioned for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. But Smith turned the role down because he "wasn't an actor".

Will Smith - who played the troublesome nephew of the fictional Phillip Banks fondly known as Uncle Phil - revealed that his access to fame and riches came after he had some money issues with Internal Revenue Services (IRS).

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'I met Benny and he pitches me the idea for this show, and I'm like, "I'm not an actor"'. In December 1989, Smith went to Jones' residence the place he was surrounded by artists, describing the celebration as one thing out of The Wiz. But I was like oh man they need their money.

"Smith mentioned, "They name me the Recent Prince", to which Jones mentioned, "'All proper, good, that's what we'll name the present.' And he handed me a screenplay for A Failed Morris Day Pilot". "I mentioned sure and I let it rip and I bought to the top and everybody's clapping", Smith mentioned of his impromptu audition.

Medina invited Smith to Q's house where he was asked to audition for the role of the then working title, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He was brought to the home of Quincy Jones, music producer extraordinaire. Like how did he make Thriller like this?' The IRS took all my stuff (bikes and cars).

"So the lawyers go into a limo and they're drawing up the first deal for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air". "So, the moral of the story is, always say yes, and I guess, listen to your girlfriend", Smith joked.

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