Arguably, no questions asked, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is a career-defining television for Will Smith.
Smith, who stars in the polarizing Netflix original film considered to be their first blockbuster, Bright, appeared across the pond on Graham Norton to discuss subjects including a potential Fresh Prince reboot.
If you remember correctly, in 2015, it was a reported that a reboot of the show was in very early development from Smith, via his production company Overbrook Entertainment. Smith’s Overbrook partners James Lassiter, Caleeb Pinkett and Jada Pinkett-Smith will executive produce as well.
The original “Bel-Air” series followed the trials and triumphs of West Philadelphia born and raised teenager Will, after he moved to Los Angeles to stay with extended family. James Avery, who famously played Uncle Phil, sadly passed away in December 2013. Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Janet Hubert-Whitten (later replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid), Tatyana Ali and Joseph Marcell also starred on the series during its run.
On the role and possible revival, Smith told Graham Norton, “I’d have to be Uncle Phil in that one. I’m 50. Like, ‘C’mon, Aunt Viv! I’m 50. I can’t go out on my own?’”
He also said he actually doesn’t like re-watching moments of the show. “It was my very first role, and I was very, very focused on being successful, so I learned the whole script and everyone else’s lines. If you watch the first four or five episodes, you can see I’m mouthing other people’s lines. It’s terrible and I can’t bear to watch it,” said Smith.
Watch a clip from the interview below: