Will Smith Details How He Became the 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'

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Spoiler alert: it wasn't because he was chillin' out maxin' relaxin' all cool and shooting some b-ball outside of school.

Check out Will Smith recounting the story below. "Benny Medina is the real-life Recent Prince of Bel Air", Smith mentioned.

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"Earlier than I used to be in bother with Uncle Phil, I used to be in bother with Uncle Sam", Smith defined. "Me and (Jazzy) Jeff had come out with a smash hit". The album the song was on, He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper, eventually went triple platinum. I had motorcycles and cars. "I referred to as the Gucci retailer in Atlanta, and I used to be like, 'Hey, will y'all shut it down if I convey my buddies?' And I'm smiling however that's silly".

'It was a tragedy, it went, like, double plastic. I had spent all my cash and I didn't overlook however I didn't pay the IRS. In my mind I was not trying to avoid paying taxes. The rapper's next album "flopped" and he was left broke and at the mercy of the IRS.

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The advice was good, and Smith soon found himself in company with Qunicy Jones as well as NBC's Brandon Tartikoff, which lead to an impromptu audition session and paved the way for Smith to star in his very own T.V. show, and then to become a famous movie star.

Check out Will Smith's "Storytime" video above.

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In trouble and hopeless, his then-girlfriend suggested Smith just hang around Paramount near the The Arsenio Hall Show studio in hopes of meeting someone influential. He did. It was there that he met music manager Benny Medina, who told him about a television pilot that he working on with Quincy Jones. "I met Benny and he pitches me the thought for this present, and I'm like, 'I'm not an actor'". Ultimately it landed him in the home of Quincy Jones, who forced Smith to audition in front of a crowd of entertainment executives with only 10 minutes of preparation. "No paralysis, do analysis!"

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