History Trivia / TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir

17th Sep '16 10:49:58 AM SirSapphire
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** Carlton's actor, Alfonso Ribeiro, was, and still is, an accomplished dancer. The character, largely, can't dance to save his life.

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** Carlton's actor, Alfonso Ribeiro, was, and still is, an accomplished dancer. The character, largely, [[InformedFlaw according to the other characters]], can't dance to save his life.life. Although this may be because his dancing is considered excessively "white".
21st Aug '16 9:46:40 AM billybobfred
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** Subverted. Creator/WillSmith plays Will Smith. However, in real life, Will's actual name is Willard, while in-show, Will's name is William. On an episode of ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman]]'', and again on ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFjwbKMlmF4&feature=relmfu The Graham Norton Show]]'', Smith said that Alfonso Ribero advised him to do this, because people would be calling him by his character's name for the rest of his life, as demonstrated by the fact they went out and were called "Will!" and "Carlton!"

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** Subverted. Creator/WillSmith plays Will Smith. However, in real life, Will's actual name is Willard, while in-show, Will's name is William. On an episode of ''[[Creator/DavidLetterman Late Show with David Letterman]]'', and again on ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFjwbKMlmF4&feature=relmfu The Graham Norton Show]]'', Smith said that Alfonso Ribero advised him to do this, because people would be calling him by his character's name for the rest of his life, as demonstrated by the fact they went out and were called "Will!" and "Carlton!"
14th Aug '16 5:27:56 AM PF
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* ExecutiveMeddling: At the start of Season 4, Janet Hubert-Whitten was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. Will eventually explained in a 1995 ''Jet'' magazine article, as well as in subsequent interviews throughout the years, that there was tension between him and the former (see below). Hubert-Whitten claims that it was ultimately Will Smith's behavior that played a role in her sacking.

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* ExecutiveMeddling: At the start of Season 4, Janet Hubert-Whitten was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid. Will Smith eventually explained in a 1995 ''Jet'' magazine article, as well as in subsequent interviews throughout the years, that there was tension between him and the former (see below). Hubert-Whitten claims that it was ultimately Will Smith's behavior that played a role in her sacking.



** Frank Schaeffer was played by Diedrich Bader in season 2, and by Robert Torti in season 3. Both actors would go on to appear together on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''.

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** Frank Schaeffer was played by Diedrich Bader in season Season 2, and by Robert Torti in season Season 3. Both actors would go on to appear together on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''.
8th Aug '16 11:03:36 PM Green_lantern40
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** Frank Schaeffer was played by [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Diedrich Bader]] in season 2, and by Robert Torti in season 3.

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** Frank Schaeffer was played by [[Series/TheDrewCareyShow Diedrich Bader]] Bader in season 2, and by Robert Torti in season 3.3. Both actors would go on to appear together on ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow''.
8th Aug '16 10:56:23 PM Green_lantern40
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** "Will, there's something you have to learn. Sometimes, parents just don't understand" (cue AsideGlance).
** "Will, you're only seventeen. You don't have a rep yet" (AsideGlance).

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** "Will, there's something you have to learn. Sometimes, parents just don't understand" understand." (cue AsideGlance).
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** "Will, you're only seventeen. You don't have a rep yet" (AsideGlance).yet." (cue AsideGlance)



** "Vivian, you are so naive. You'd believe that boy if he told you he was a rap star whose latest album just went platinum!" (cue AsideGlance from Janet Hubert-Whitten rather than Will).
** In response to a character's truthful claim, Will sarcastically snaps, "Yeah, and I just won a Grammy".
** Carlton to Will and Jazz: "I can understand why you're jealous. After all, you two have no musical talent whatsoever!" (cue Will and Jazz looking at Carlton like he's crazy.)

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** "Vivian, you are so naive. You'd believe that boy if he told you he was a rap star whose latest album just went platinum!" (cue AsideGlance from Janet Hubert-Whitten rather than Will).
platinum!"[[note]]DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince's album ''Homebase'' went platinum in 1991.[[/note]]
** In response to a character's truthful claim, Will sarcastically snaps, "Yeah, and I just won a Grammy".
Grammy".[[note]]"Summertime" won DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince their second Grammy in 1991.[[/note]]
** Carlton to Will and Jazz: "I can understand why you're jealous. After all, you two have no musical talent whatsoever!" (cue Will and Jazz looking at Carlton like he's crazy.)crazy)



** Any time Carlton dances, it's hilariously dorky unless it's to Music/MichaelJackson, in which case he busts out moves worthy of Jackson himself; Ribiero was a backup dancer for Jackson before he was cast on ''The Fresh Prince''.

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** Any time Carlton dances, it's hilariously dorky unless dorky. Unless it's to Music/MichaelJackson, in which case he busts out moves worthy of Jackson himself; Ribiero was a backup dancer for Jackson before he was cast on ''The Fresh Prince''.
23rd Jul '16 4:35:54 AM PF
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** Alfonso Ribeiro was almost let go after the pilot due to the network president not being fond of his acting. The staff rallied to keep him on the show.



** Alfonso Ribeiro was almost let go after the pilot due to the network president not being fond of his acting. The staff rallied to keep him on the show.
23rd Jul '16 4:32:17 AM PF
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** And in something of a subversion, Jada Pinkett (now Jada Pinkett Smith because she married Will Smith) was turned down for a role as Will's girlfriend due to a lack of chemistry and [[HugeGuyTinyGirl their height difference: (he is 6'2", she is 5')]].

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** And in In something of a subversion, Jada Pinkett (now Jada Pinkett Smith because she married Will Smith) was turned down for a role as Will's girlfriend due to a lack of chemistry and [[HugeGuyTinyGirl their height difference: (he is 6'2", she is 5')]].



* OneHitWonder: When Ashley started her singing career.
12th Jul '16 7:48:55 AM dancs1985
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* DirectedByCastMember: Alfonso Ribeiro directed an episode in the show's final season.
10th Jul '16 11:01:40 PM Green_lantern40
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** Another example from the above episode is how spoiler:Will backs out when he learns the "Jody" his character is in love with [[spoiler:is actually a man]], referencing his infamous turn as Paul in ''Six Degrees of Separation''[[note]]though the character Paul is gay, Smith reportedly refused to do a kissing scene with another man, saying it would "gross out" his fans[[/note]].

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** Another example from the above episode is how spoiler:Will Will backs out when he learns the "Jody" his character is in love with [[spoiler:is actually a man]], referencing his infamous turn as Paul in ''Six Degrees of Separation''[[note]]though the character Paul is gay, Smith reportedly refused to do a kissing scene with another man, saying it would "gross out" his fans[[/note]].
10th Jul '16 11:00:51 PM Green_lantern40
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** "Oh, please, like they're gonna take [[SelfDeprecation someone who's never acted before]] and give him his own TV show!" (another AsideGlance).

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** "Oh, please, like they're gonna take This bit from "As the Will Turns", after Will's been cast in a soap opera:
-->'''Uncle Phil:''' Oh, please! They hired you,
[[SelfDeprecation someone somebody who's never acted before]] and give him a day in his own life]], to star in a network TV show!" (another AsideGlance).show?\\
'''Will:''' It happens! ''[cue AsideGlance]''
** Another example from the above episode is how spoiler:Will backs out when he learns the "Jody" his character is in love with [[spoiler:is actually a man]], referencing his infamous turn as Paul in ''Six Degrees of Separation''[[note]]though the character Paul is gay, Smith reportedly refused to do a kissing scene with another man, saying it would "gross out" his fans[[/note]].
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