Things You Didn't Know About The Cast Of 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

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Over 20 years ago, NBC took a chance by creating a show around a young, up-and-coming hip-hop star and called it The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Not only did the show become so adored by millions of people around the world, but it also launched Will Smith into Hollywood stardom. It also gave us some beloved characters like Uncle Phil, Carlton, and put a new spin on the classic "family" sitcom. 

Today, we go behind the scenes to find out some interesting facts about the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.


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    Will Smith Has A Thing For Solving Rubik's Cubes

    Will Smith Has A Thing For Solving Rubik's Cubes
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    The scene where Will quickly solves a Rubik's cube in season 3's The Alma Matter is actually real. Will Smith is extremely skilled at solving Rubik's cubes and can solve one in under 55 seconds. He has demonstrated this ability in Fresh Prince and The Pursuit of Happyness, as well as live TV and social media. 

  • Will Smith Chose The Name 'Will' So He Wouldn't Be Typecast
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    Will decided to use his own name for his character in Fresh Prince so that he wouldn't end up being typecast and associated with his character's name instead of his own. Even the name "Fresh Prince" was Will's stage name. The only difference is that the fictional Will is named William Smith while Will's real-life name is Willard Smith.

    Ironically, it was actually Alfonso Ribeiro who suggested that Will use his own name. Alfonso is now typecast for playing Carlton. 

     

     

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    The Cast And Crew Used To Keep A Hidden Notebook On Set

    The Cast And Crew Used To Keep A Hidden Notebook On Set
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    Karyn Parsons, who played Hilary Banks, revealed in an interview with ABC that there was a secret notebook hidden in one of the drawers of the kitchen set, which she kept after the show wrapped. According to Parsons, everyone from actors to crew members would scribble little notes or even write poetry in the notebook every so often. 

    "Every now and then a camera person or the actors, somebody would just write silly poetry or 'James is getting on my nerves.' We would make little notes, so I took that. I need to pull that out, especially now that James has passed, because I know he's written in there. I know he was written about."

     

  • 'Fresh Prince' Is DJ Jazzy Jeff's Only Acting Role
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    Before NBC approached Will Smith to make a television show, Smith was a member of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. Smith became the star of the show but created the role of Jazz, Will's best friend, for his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff. It became his one and only acting role while Will left the music industry to further pursue a career in acting.