Blockbuster movie star Will Smith may have endless flicks and music to his name, however, the 43 year-old took it back to his “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” television days over the weekend.
Appearing on the popular “Graham Norton Show,” Smith and audience members all sang the show’s opening theme.
Forget “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” This time around it’s the younger set who may be out of the loop, as Will Smith revisits his TV roots by rapping out the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song on the U.K.’s Graham Norton Show. But The Men in Black 3 star wasn’t alone in his flashback rap-ture… The audience sang along with every syllable (the music kicks in at about the 1:40 mark). (E! Online)
Graham Norton is known for having celebrities test out their vocal skills, previously asking Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow to rap N.W.A.‘s “Gangsta Gangsta.”
“[Straight Outta Compton?] It’s a classic N.W.A. album,” Paltrow told BBC host Graham Norton before being asked to rap. “You want me to [rap?] There’s one word I can’t say. OK — ‘Yo, here’s a little something about a ‘uh’ like me, never should have been let out the penitentiary/Ice Cube, I like to say that I’m a crazy motherf*cker from around the way/Since I was a youth, I smoked weed out/Now I’m the motherf*cker that you read about.’ [laughs]” (“The Graham Norton Show”)
Rap veteran Skillz talked to SOHH earlier this year about Smith’s ex-cast member Janet Hubert taking shots at Smith on countless occasions.
“I didn’t know Will back then [during ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ days], I didn’t know him personally back then,” Skillz told SOHH. “I’ve heard stories from a couple people in the cast about how she was and I believe it was just that syndrome where she’s like, ‘I’m a classically trained Broadway actress and here I am on this show with this hip-hop kid.’ Some people just don’t get that. I call it the J.J. syndrome. You know how J.J. [Evans] was on ‘Good Times’ and you’ve got Esther Rolle, John Amos, they come from ‘Roots’ and classic Broadway acting and you’re on a show where people are just waiting for the skinny kid to say, ‘Dy-no-mite’? After a while, I can see them getting frustrated. And Will is my man, so anyone who has a problem with Will has a problem with me.” (SOHH)
In late 2011, Smith and other “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” cast members reunited at a charity event.
Now this is a story all about how… Will Smith posed for a picture with his Fresh Prince co-stars, who played his family in the classic ’90s sitcom that launched his career. Although his on-screen mother Janet Hubert-Whitten was absent, Smith seemed excited to meet up with Tatyana Ali (Ashley Banks in the series), Karyn Parsons (Hilary Banks), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton Banks) and James Avery (Philip Banks). (Metro)
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