Will Smith cries whereas paying tribute to his ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ dad James Avery in the course of the highly-anticipated reunion. He additionally reveals what James whispered in his ear throughout a pivotal episode.
James Avery was deeply missed throughout The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion that dropped early on HBO Max. Will Smith and the remainder of the solid paid tribute to James, who performed Banks patriarch Philip Banks, in the course of the particular. Will shed many tears reflecting on the affect James, who handed away in 2013, had on him as a younger actor.
“James, he pushed me so hard,” Will admitted to the solid. “His thing was, I’m in such a unique position and that responsibility you must elevate your craft. You have to represent, and you are paving a way, and he just wouldn’t give me an inch.”
Will recalled the episode the place his character’s father resurfaces after 14 years. Will mentioned that he appeared as much as James and desperately wished James “to think I was good.” When co-star Tatyana Ali talked about it, Will famous that he additionally wished James to be “proud” of him.
In the season 4 episode, Will and Uncle Phil have an emotional dialog about Will’s father. Will revealed to the solid that he “flubbed” his line in entrance of the viewers. “I messed it up in front of the audience and my mind snapped,” Will continued. Will admitted that he was indignant at himself, and it was James who stepped in to assist. James advised Will, “Get yourself together.” And then James known as “action.”
“The scene that we do is the scene that ended up being in the episode,” Will mentioned. At the tip of the charged scene, Will and Uncle Phil hug one another. Will revealed that James whispered in his ear at that second, “Now that’s acting.”
As Will remembered the story, he pulled out a tissue to wipe tears from his eyes. “People don’t even know when they’re shaping you and forming you and crafting you…” Will admitted. The solid and Will agreed that James knew precisely what he was doing with them.
A reel of James’ greatest moments had been then proven to the solid. By the tip of the reel, everybody was in tears. Will continued to cry and wipe tears from his face. The particular additionally featured Alfonso Ribeiro, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Karyn Parsons, Janet Hubert, and Joseph Marcell.