Fresh Prince Reunion: Will Smith Broke Into Tears While Paying Tribute To James Avery

Will Smith breaks into tears while paying tribute to his late co-star Jamey Avery on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion.

The special reunion of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air released on HBO Max on 18th November 2020. The cast had reunited to look back onto their time in the show. Recalling the memories led to the shedding of tears, tears of joy, and sadness.

A scene from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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James Avery, best known for playing Uncle Phil, passed away in 2013 due to some complications in his open-heart surgery. The cast remembers him and how he inspired Will and others to put their best foot forward while acting. Will gets teary while describing how his strict-but-loving Uncle Phil, pushed him to be the best, and use him “to elevate your craft”.

Fresh Prince Lessons:

Smith, 52, recalled filming one of the show’s most memorable episodes with Avery, in which Will’s father reappears after 14 years away from his son.

“I remember in one of my favorite and most famous scenes from Fresh Prince – the father episode – James Avery was this six-foot-four, 300-pound stage-trained Shakespearean beast and I’m the little rapper from Philly under him and I wanted him to think I was good,” Smith said.


Will wanted him to be proud of him when we come to that scene. He wanted to deliver and perfect the scene so bad but unluckily flubbed his lines. He messed it up in front of the audience and his mind snapped. With the scene that they did, it ended up being in the episode. Will ends up falling into Avery’s arms at the end of the scene; James is holding him and slowly whispers into his ears, ‘Now that’s acting.”

Will says some beautiful lines that go as ‘It’s like people don’t even know when they’re shaping you and forming you and crafting you. He knew.’

Full Synopsis!

Andy and Susan Borowitz are the developers of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, an American sitcom television series, aired on NBC. The series stars Will Smith as a fictionalized character of himself, a street-smart teenager. He is born and raised in West Philadelphia. After stepping into a fight in the local playground in his neighborhood, Will is sent to maneuver in together with his wealthy uncle and aunt within their Bel Air mansion. However, his lifestyle often clashes with the life-style of his upper-class relatives.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion
Source: HBO Max

Tatyana Ali, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, and Alfonso Ribeiro, as well as recurring co-star DJ Jazzy Jeff, join Will Smith for the one-off HBO Max Special

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