Will Smith rules out a return to Fresh Prince TV show reboot

By Drum Digital
07 December 2016

Will Smith has ruled out a return to the rumoured reboot of his hit TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air


The 48-year-old cemented his acting career in the hugely successful 90s U.S. sitcom, in which he starred as street-smart teenager Will, who moves from his home in Philadelphia to live with his aunt and uncle in the upscale Los Angeles neighbourhood of Bel Air.

The show, which began in 1990, ended six years later with Will off to Hollywood to carve out a lucrative career in movies, landing roles in Bad Boys opposite Martin Lawrence, and the sci-fi smash Independence Day with Jeff Goldblum.

However, there have been rumours swirling that the popular 90s sitcom, which also starred Alfonso Ribeiro and Tatyana Ali, is the next in line to be rebooted for a new generation.

When asked about the possibility of the Fresh Prince returning, Will was quick to rule himself out. "I'm not doing it," he told Entertainment Tonight, while hinting he might have a problem with somebody else reprising his iconic role. "If somebody wanted to, I would probably let them, but I have no intention," he added.

He later pointed out that the 90s seemed to be the "perfect time period" for the Fresh Prince, and isn't sure how a reboot would play out more than 20 years later.

However, Will had fond memories of his time on the show, but revealed his co-stars might have got a bit tired of him. "Now, I'm bouncy. Back then, I'm sure I was quite irritating," Will laughed.

Will also explained his key to looking just as young as he did 20 years ago, at the height of his Fresh Prince fame. "There's a natural silliness that I gravitate to, so I think more than looking the same, I think energetically there's a fun and a zeal and a joy that I embody that gives that impression," he said. "I really enjoy what I do. I have fun every day in my life."

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