8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is one of those iconic ’90s series that fans can’t get enough of. While the show originally ran for six seasons from September 1990 to May 1996, it has continued to be loved and even gains new fans thanks to Netflix and re-runs, and no matter how many times fans watch it, it is always funny. With more than 20 years since it has been on the air, the loss of some beloved cast members, and a rumored reboot in the works, take a look back at the beloved series with these 8 things you never knew about The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air:
8. Being Will Smith
It seems odd that every other actor on the series would have a different name for their character except for Will Smith. As it turns out, Smith revealed that the reason his character is also called Will Smith is because when he and his co-star Alfonso Ribeiro were trying to come up with names, Ribeiro told Will he had to be careful because in public people would most likely refer to him as that character’s name. He then suggested that if it bothered Smith he could just stick with Will Smith and that is what he did! Interestingly enough, his real name and character name are different because his full character name is William Smith, but his full real name is Willard Smith. The difference is even referenced in an episode where one of his girlfriend’s fathers joking calls Will Smith “Willard.”
7. Will Smith Was Broke
Despite having no acting experience and focusing on his rapping career at the time, Will Smith really had no choice when NBC offered him his own series. According to reports, at the time Smith wasn’t very good with his money and owed the government around $2.8 million for not filing his taxes properly. The IRS had reportedly already seized most of his belongings so when the income from a series came along, Smith couldn’t pass it up. Due to the amount he still owed the government, the actor then had to pay the IRS 70 percent of his salary for the show’s first three seasons.