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Will Smith did 'Fresh Prince' because he was broke

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Hollywood star has revealed he did "The of Bel-Air" because he was broke and in trouble with the (IRS).

Smith shared the backstory of how he became part of the iconic sitcom on his channel.

The 49-year-old said after finding fame with his an DJ Jazzy Jeff's breakout hit "Parents Just Don't Understand" in the late 1980s, he spent all of his money.

The said he did not pay his taxes and then had a flop when the rap duo released their second album.

"I didn't forget. I didn't paid the IRS. In my mind I was not trying to avoid paying taxes. But I was like oh man they need their money. The IRS took all my stuff (bikes and cars). I was broke. Being famous and broke is a sh**** combination," Smith said

Smith said his then-girlfriend suggested him to hang out around Paramount studios in hopes of meeting someone influential.

The auditioned at place and was soon roped in to play the lead in "The of Bel-Air".

The series ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996 and made Smith a superstar. PTI


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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 18:15 IST