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

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

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

However, their third studio album And In This Corner was a flop, and Smith confessed he was in big financial trouble. He did. It was there that he met music manager Benny Medina, who told him about a television pilot that he working on with Quincy Jones.

The Bright star recalled how his then-girlfriend urged him to pay a visit to the Arsenio Hall Show and told him to hang out and try to meet with other creators in Hollywood in an attempt to turn his career around. "Benny Medina is the real-life Recent Prince of Bel Air", Smith mentioned. Ultimately it landed him in the home of Quincy Jones, who forced Smith to audition in front of a crowd of entertainment executives with only 10 minutes of preparation. But if not for some serious money trouble, Smith's career may have gone a far different direction.

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Smith continued, "The IRS took all that stuff, so I used to be like, broke, broke, broke".

"[Jones] mentioned, 'Hey, man, I noticed your music movies, I like you what're doing, I like what you're doing". Smith told Jones his rap name, "The Fresh Prince", which became the root of the title for the show. "I mentioned sure and I let it rip and I bought to the top and everybody's clapping", Smith mentioned of his impromptu audition.

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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. "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". Like how did he make Thriller like this?'

According to the rapper, he was just a flat broke celebrity before he became the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

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"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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