During his upcoming appearance on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, the 49-year-old actor talks about his early acting stints, with his role as the NBC sitcom's title character being his major break.
“It was my very first role, and I was very, very focused on being successful, so I learned the whole script and everyone else’s lines," Smith explains. "If you watch the first four or five episodes, you can see I’m mouthing other people’s lines. It’s terrible and I can’t bear to watch it.”
Looks like we need to go back and watch the pilot!
"Man, I’d have to be Uncle Phil in that one now -- I’m nearly 50!" Smith jokes.
In fact, he told ET back in August that there were no plans for a revival, saying, “Stuff had to go really wrong for there to be a Fresh Prince reunion special. Like, I don't know what would have to happen! Nah man, you can't touch stuff like that. It's so nostalgic for people -- I'm not going nowhere near that.”
The one role the father of three might take on, however? Barack Obama! Smith actually spoke to the former president, who had requested that the rapper-actor play him. “We were talking about it and he said, ’Well, you certainly have the ears for it!'" he recalls on the late night U.K. talk show.
Smith also spoke to Norton about his new movie, Bright, which will begin streaming on Netflix on Dec. 22.
"[Bright is] Training Day meets Lord of the Rings," he says. "It’s really a fun and bizarre action movie. It takes some time to get your head around. Joel Edgerton plays an Orc and had to spend four hours a day in makeup and I’d just turn up ready to go. It made him cross."
Smith also admitted that there was one major selling point to not having a tentpole movie out in theaters: “It’s a relief not having to rely on just one opening weekend at the box office to see if your film is a hit or not.”