The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is just the latest 1990s classic that may be headed back to the small screen, possibly joining Full House, Will & Grace and more that have already made their return.
Surprisingly, star Will Smith is actually down for the cause, but says it would only work if he took over the role of Uncle Phil, originally played by James Avery, according to BBC’s The Graham Norton Show. “I’d have to be Uncle Phil in that one. I’m about to be 50, you know? Like, ‘c’mon Aunt Viv, I’m 50, I can’t go out on my own?!’”
— BBC Comedy (@bbccomedy) December 22, 2017
He later explained that the cast reunites annually for Karyn Parsons’ (cousin Hillary) luncheon where they eat, drink and mingle with the most charitable donors to her organization, The Sweet Blackberry Foundation.
While Smith may have been joking, the casting wouldn’t be too far-fetched. Norton, the show’s host, produced a selfie of Smith’s head while bungee jumping next to Avery’s. The image previously went viral on social media, with fans exclaiming that Smith looked like the Banks family patriarch.
— Graham Norton Show (@TheGNShow) December 22, 2017
The Oscar nominee graduated to the big screen soon after, and says it’s still difficult for him to watch the first four seasons of the classic sit-com.
“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,” he 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.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.