But Smith turned the role down because he "wasn't an actor".
"Earlier than I used to be in bother with Uncle Phil, I used to be in bother with Uncle Sam", Smith defined. 'Me and [Jazzy] Jeff had come out with a smash hit. The album the song was on, He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper, eventually went triple platinum. I had bikes and vehicles. I called the Gucci store in Atlanta, and I was like, "Hey, will y'all close it down if I bring my friends?" "It was a tragedy, it went, like, double plastic. In my thoughts, I wasn't attempting to keep away from taxes, I used to be similar to 'Ah, rattling, they want their cash'". "I was broke. Being famous and broke is a sh**** combination", Smith said Smith said his then-girlfriend suggested him to hang out around Paramount studios in hopes of meeting someone influential. "Cause you still famous and people recognize you, but they recognize you while you're on the bus".
'I met Benny and he pitches me the idea for this show, and I'm like, "I'm not an actor"'.
Encouraged by legendary music producer Quincy Jones to audition on the spot at a party at his mansion, Smith landed the part instantly. But if not for some serious money trouble, Smith's career may have gone a far different direction. But I was like oh man they need their money. Smith told Jones his rap name, "The Fresh Prince", which became the root of the title for the show.
Speaking of the impromptu audition Will said: 'I was like fuck it then.
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.
"He had been consuming, it was apparent", Smith mentioned, smiling. Benny Medina is the real-life Fresh Prince of Bel Air'. Quincy is like popping up on the home windows going like, 'No paralysis, do evaluation! Like how did he make Thriller like this?' The rapper's next album "flopped" and he was left broke and at the mercy of the IRS.
He added, "The ethical of the story is at all times say sure and I assume hearken to your girlfriend".