WESTWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 23: Actor Will Smith arrives at the Screening Of Columbia Pictures' "Concussion" at Regency Village Theatre on November 23, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Will Smith Talks About The “How Come He Don’T Want Me” Scene From Fresh Prince
Everyone who watched “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” remembers that iconic scene where Will and his deadbeat Dad (played by Ben Vereen) have one final scene together before he runs out of his life once again. It’s a heartbreaking moment for Will, and intensified as his vents to Uncle Phil (James Avery) about how he doesn’t need anyone before breaking down in the arms of his Uncle, the father he needed all along.
In an interview with Tidal featuring Elliott Wilson from Rap Radar, Smith broke down the scene and explained how that moment came to be. It’s quite the story and worth checking out.
Check out the video below:
Here is the transcript from the clip:
James Avery wouldn’t give me a damn inch. Everything I said and everything I did for James Avery he was like “no, not good enough. You have this position, look where you are, look at what you are blessed with. I’m sorry but I am not accepting anything other than absolute committed perfection from you.”
And at that time I was ballin! (laughter) and James Avery wouldn’t give me nothing. He was the model for me. James Avery was so serious and I would look at him and he had that acting power I wanted to have. He would listen to my music and say “nope, nope.”
So we’re doing that scene (see below) and I’m having a hard time with it and it comes to the moment and we’re in the scene together. I’m messin up the lines cuz I want it so bad and we’re in front of the audience and we’re doin it and I’m furious and he holds on to me and he says “hey, relax, relax, it’s already in there you know what it is. Look at me, use me. Don’t act around me, act with me.” So he’s talking me through it so I get it together.
So I do the scene and he hugs me at the end and while he’s hugging me he whispers in my ear, “that’s f*ckin actin right there!” (laughter). It makes me teary right now. I was using him. I wanted him to want me. I wanted him to approve of me. So actually in that scene I was transferring that energy.
That was certainly the first time the world saw the dramatic abilities of Smith, and it would (as we know now) not be the last.