Will Smith Explains Why He Can’t Watch Himself On ‘The Fresh Prince’

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Will Smith was so fresh on the entertainment scene when he was starring in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” that it’s hard for him to go back and watch the beloved 1990s sitcom. 

The actor opened up about what makes the TV series so cringeworthy for him during a recently taped appearance on “The Graham Norton 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,” Smith said. “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.”

Smith, 49, also talked about a “Fresh Prince” reunion, telling Norton, “Man, I’d have to be Uncle Phil in that one now ― I’m nearly 50!” 

As the internet pointed out earlier this year, Smith looked a whole lot like Uncle Phil (played by the late actor James Avery) in this photo of Smith bungee jumping: 

Though it’s not clear if a “Fresh Prince” reunion will be in the works anytime soon, former co-stars Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff recently had a reunion of their own.

The two headlined at Blackpool’s Livewire Festival in August and performed their new single, “Get Lit.” Check it out below: 





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