If you’re expecting more of the same from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air if it ever received its own revival, Will Smith has some bad news for you. He does not seem himself playing the same old “Will” that was causing trouble for Uncle Phil and Aunt Viv all those years ago. Instead, he thinks he’d have to be Uncle Phil himself if he ever came back.
“I’d have to be Uncle Phil in that one — I’m 50. C’mon Aunt Viv, I’m 50, I can’t go out on my own!”
Any Fresh Prince revival would be odd, but it would definitely fit in with the other shows that are being brought back for new seasons. Even if it were just a return for one TV special, it’d be fun to see how Will has calmed down while Carlton is now the cool one, Ashley is a superstar, and Hillary is president or something like that.
It’d also be fun to see how well he’s grown as an actor since the early days of the show. The Fresh Prince wasn’t without its great moments, like the episode with Will and his father, but the early days were a little rough around the edges as Smith has pointed out:
“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,” Smith says of his acting. “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.”
This isn’t a new fact, but it is still fun to remember that Will Smith went from “guy mouthing lines on national television” to “biggest box office star in the world” in the span of a few years. It’s a scary thought.
Still, folks would love to see The Fresh Prince return in some form. It’s just one of those shows that has held up in modern times, likely more than other series they’ve attempted to bring back, like Coach.