A fan-made dramatization of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is really bringing Will Smith back.
The “I Am Legend” actor met with editor Morgan Cooper to share his thoughts over a nine-minute fake film trailer Cooper made titled “Bel-Air”. Cooper’s project reimagined Smith’s iconic sitcom role as a gritty drama.
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The trailer made headlines, generated more than 3.3 million views on YouTube and even captured the attention of Smith. It really struck a chord with the two-time Oscar-nominated best actor.
“For me, I moved to L.A. and started ‘The Fresh Prince’, and all of my friends started getting killed and going to jail,” Smith told Cooper. “The escape that I made from it in real life, was the escape that Will made in the show. Was I gonna be that same statistic? Or was gonna do, and be, something different?”
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“What’s exciting to me is the new media of it all, that you put something on YouTube, right? You, like, just made a trailer, created something,” he continued. “I’m excited and inspired about that new way that human beings are interacting and ideas are getting created. Even to create a pitch video is in keeping with the flavour of how the idea [‘Fresh Prince’] came to me.”
Smith starred in “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996.