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Will Smith Reunites 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Cast In Lockdown

Will Smith Reunites 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' Cast In Lockdown

OMG. 30 years after the TV sitcom first aired, Will Smith has officially rounded up The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air cast for a lockdown reunion.

Filming as part of his Snap Originals show, Will From Home, the actor, 51, called on Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), Ashley (Tatyana Ali), Hilary (Karyn Parsons), Vivian (Janet Hubert), Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell) and Jazz (DJ Jazzy Jeff) to get in on the fun.

The group filmed a two part reunion, releasing one episode on Wednesday and another today.

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Obviously, all of the stars were on lockdown in their own homes, but they came together virtually to look back on their memories of filming the show.


The popular teen sitcom ran for 148 episodes from 1990 to 1996, and captured the hearts of the world in the process.

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During their reunion, Will asked the cast how it felt to be recognised for their characters, and DJ Jazzy Jeff revealed he got "really, really annoyed" at people asking to do *that* handshake.

"You would see in people's eyes when they were about to sneak the handshake and I would just grab their hand and hold it," he laughed.

"Besides that, I'm good".

DJ Jazzy Jeff has had enough of the handshake, okay?! (Credit: Will From Home)
DJ Jazzy Jeff has had enough of the handshake, okay?! (Credit: Will From Home)
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The reunion also revealed that it was Carlton star Alfonso who had convinced Will to name his character after himself.

"We had talked and I said, 'Look, if you're ever going to do this show, you've got to be Will Smith," he recalled.

"It was such a deep insight that you had," Will replied. "You said, 'Because people are going to call you that for the rest of your life!'"

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Naturally, the cast also took the time to remember the late James Avery - and things got very emotional.

Avery played Uncle Phil, and passed away from heart surgery complications back in 2013 - aged just 63.

After they all watched an old scene of James in action, all the cast were visibly affected, and Will even wiped a tear from his eye.

The cast remembered Uncle Phil (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)
The cast remembered Uncle Phil (Credit: Warner Bros Pictures)
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In the clip, Will's character can be seen hugging Philip Banks, and telling him: "I love you, Uncle Philip!"

"Wow. That just makes me teary," the actor said. "The first couple of times I'm seeing James."

In another clip, Uncle Phil says: "I have something special - just remember happiness comes from inside."

Will got emotional talking about Uncle Phil actor James Avery (Credit: Will From Home)
Will got emotional talking about Uncle Phil actor James Avery (Credit: Will From Home)

Daphne Reid intersected: "I loved that man".

We're not crying, you are.

As the reunion came to an end, clearly feeling sentimental, Will said: "I've been shaped by my interactions and relationships with you guys.

"My best times have been on that set."

In case you need a recap, the iconic 90s comedy followed Will as a fictionalised version of himself who goes to live with his rich uncle and aunt.

Brb, we're off to binge it from the beginning.

Featured Image Credit: Snapchat/ Will From Home

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