Will Smith Airs Out His Complicated Family Details And More
Will Smith has finally paid tribute to the late James 'Uncle Phil' Avery. Smith has spoken for the first time publicly on the death of his former "Fresh Prince" co-star. The comment was in tribute to James Avery - who played him. Reunited: Will Smith shared more snaps from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion . including race relations and the targeting of young black men by the police.
There are tons of rumors online implying that Will Smith and his family are, for lack of a better term, unorthodox. Eventually, Smith and Zampino finalized their divorce in and just two years after that, he tied the knot with Pinkett. Firstly, he was a rapper, then he was the star of his very own TV show. It only made sense then that Smith would soon try his luck on the big screen. Three movies, in particular, etched his name into Hollywood lore, starting with the popular crime comedy Bad Boys, which Smith starred in alongside Martin Lawrence.
A year later, Smith landed the lead role in the huge alien blockbuster Independence Day.
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And finally, inSmith captured the hearts of millions with the classic sci-fi comedy Men In Black. When the rapper appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show, he ended up bumping into a talented producer by the name of Benny Medina, who was the guy who came up with the idea for the iconic show — The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
When the pair joined forces with music producer Quincy Jones, this proved to be a recipe for TV success. Time For TV Refused To Attend College When Will Smith told his folks he wanted to become a professional rapper instead of attending college, they were mortified and totally against the idea.
Thinking the only way to succeed in life was with a higher education, his parents were adamant about Will attaining a college degree. They eventually agreed to meet him halfway and gave him exactly 12 months to make it as a rapper. You can imagine how surprised and impressed they were when they saw their child on screen for the first time. With hip-hop and rap finally making their way into the mainstream, the Grammy Awards were just around the corner.
Amazingly, the Philly duo won the Grammy, and the rest was history… History Makers Mixing Movies With Music As time went on, it became clearer and clearer that Will Smith was something of a jack of all trades. Not only could he rap and crack jokes, but he also had serious acting chops. The rapper-turned-actor got the amazing opportunity to portray the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali in the biopic Ali.
Earning universal acclaim for his performance, Smith was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Then, just five years later, Smith achieved the same thing, this time earning the nomination for his role in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness.
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Oscar Season Record Breaker One thing is for sure: The actor left a huge impression on Smith long after the series came to an end. When Avery passed away init was clear that Smith was devastated by the loss, as if he had lost a family member.
Whether it be his time on TV, the big screen, or in the studio, the Fresh Prince has always seemed to be working on some sort of project. Inviting friends and family to watch, he flew over the Grand Canyon and bungee jumped out of a plane!
The Hollywood star uploaded a video of the jump onto his YouTube account and within a single day, the video received a staggering 5 million views. It just goes to show that even at half a century old, Will Smith is still the man that people want to see. One of the biggest questions surrounding Will Smith over the years revolves around what his religious beliefs are.
While he had a Baptist upbringing, the star has, on numerous occasions, dismissed having an affiliation to any specific religious movement. However, he has often spoken favorably about the Scientologist movement, despite it never being confirmed that he was actually a member of the aforementioned Church. It was immediately clear that Will and Jazzy Jeff were unique.
Boyz II Men had a connection to the youngest Banks family member.
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Boyz II Men gave us songs to help us get through breakups and makeups -- really anything where an emotional ballad might come in handy -- during the '90s but they also gave us something else: The little guy's last four middle names were taken from the group's members after they performed at his Christening ceremony on the show.
NBC tried to give the "Fresh Prince" the boot after its fourth season. At the end of Season 4, Will and the family visits his hometown and he decides to stay behind with his mom in Philly. That ending was originally slated to be the wrap-up for the entire show, not just Season 4.
NBC was looking to end the "Fresh Prince's" run early, but after canceling the sitcomfans were outraged. Thanks to what we can assume were thousands of angry letters sent to both Smith and the producers of the show, NBC renewed the series and the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" continued on for two more seasons. Jazz and Will were best buds in real life, too!
The guy could never catch a break on the show. He wasn't the sharpest tool in the shed, had an unrequited love for Hilary Banks, and spent most of his time getting thrown out literally of the Banks' mansion. But he was Will's best friend and watching the two get into all kinds of trouble in the upper-class neighborhood made for some good TV.
The duo made plenty of waves off-screen, too.
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Before the show, Will Smith and his partner in crime, Jeffrey A. The sitcom played matchmaker for Will and Jada-Pinkett Smith. We can thank the show for one of the hottest power couples to ever rule Hollywood. Pinkett thought she had struck gold after landing an audition for the role of Smith's onscreen girlfriend, Lisa, but was told she was too short to play the part. We have a feeling Pinkett's not too torn up about it, though. She got the guy in real life after the two became friends during the auditioning process and eventually fell in love.Karyn Parsons: "The Carlton Dance" was Alfonso Trying to Dance Like a White Girl (Part 3)
The most emotional scene of the show wasn't scripted. In the episode "Papa's Got A Brand New Excuse," Will's father Lou, who abandoned the family when Will was just 4 years old, comes back into his son's life claiming to try to get to know him better and make up for past mistakes. The fictional story doesn't have a happy ending, but the story of what was going on behind the camera definitely does.
The scene between James Avery and Will Smith at the end of the episode was ad libbed by the younger actor.
Avery was so moved by Smith's speech that he immediately hugged him before the scene ended, which wasn't in the script either. You can thank the IRS for giving us the show.
Before he was a TV star, Will Smith was a pretty successful rapper.