Will Smith Explains How He Landed Role of ‘The Fresh Prince’8 months ago by Amber Le in TV News
Will Smith has always kept it real and he never fails to inspire people whether it’s through his roles on screen or his social media posts. We all grew up watching The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the first role to skyrocket his acting career and he is forever grateful for the circumstances that led up to where he is now.
In a recent social media post last week, Smith explained how he agreed to take on the main character’s role after his album flopped back in 1989. And In This Corner… featuring DJ Jazzy Jeff only sold 500,000 copies unlike He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper, which sold 3 million. He admitted to being broke after that.
“Being famous and broke is a shitty combination. Cause you still famous and people recognize you but they recognize you while you’re sitting next to them on the bus.”
After the album flop, Smith then got into trouble with the IRS where they confiscated all his motorcycles and cars. He claimed that he didn’t forget about the situation and he wasn’t trying to avoid paying them either so when they took everything, he was super broke.
After his tax situation was handled, he was told to attend a meeting at The Arsenior Hall Show with Benny Medina, former Warner Bros. Records A&R, by the request of his girlfriend. Medina pitched the show idea to the rapper and set up a meeting with Quincy Jones. Smith auditioned on the spot, not without a refusal first because he wasn’t prepared to which Jones replied he could change his life right now within the time span of 10 minutes. Needless to say, he got it.
Peep his reminiscent post below: