The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air first aired in 1990 and became one of the best and longest-running sitcoms of the ‘90s. Of course, we all know that Will Smith left the city of West Philadelphia where he was born and raised to stay in his aunt and uncle’s home in Bel-Air. Whether your favorite character was Will, Carlton (and his dance), or Uncle Phil… you can’t deny you haven’t watched every single episode. But if you want to know more, check out these Fresh Prince of Bel-Air secrets…
The money business
Before his time on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith was part of the hip-hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and earned a generous paycheck. But he wasn’t too great at budgeting and soon ran up a load of debt, and the tax office even took his home and possessions. When he was offered the part of Will on the show, it saved him from bankruptcy. Phew.
Will Smith had never acted before his time on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. So what made him audition? Well… he didn’t. Will Smith did not need to audition for his part on the show; producers already knew they were going to cast him when they created the show.
Learning his lines
Every actor has their own way of learning lines. And so did Will Smith. He used to mouth his and the other actors’ lines during filming to help him remember the order of his lines and when to come in. If you look closely during some episodes, you might be able to see his mouth moving even when he’s not speaking…
We all loved Geoffrey and his snarky comments – but we always knew him as simply ‘Geoffrey.’ But according to sources, he did have a surname… and it really was ‘Butler.’ Geoffrey Butler was played by Joseph Marcell who has since become popular on British TV shows like Eastenders and The Bill.
Because The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was such a popular show, they liked to keep up appearances and introduce guest stars into the Banks’ household. Such guest stars included the likes of Jay Leno, Queen Latifah, and Tyra Banks.