While in the UK promoting the latest installment of his Men In Black franchise, superstar actor Will Smith made an appearance on The Graham Norton Show for a chat. Of course they talked about the film, but the most entertaining part of his visit was easily the sing-along.
Yes, the sing-along.
What did they sing? Why, the theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, of course.
Seriously, The Fresh Prince theme might be the most well-known rap song in the history of well-known rap songs, and this was proven by the entire studio full of people old and young, white and black, who literally knew every single word of the tune and enthusiastically sang them on cue. Singer/songwriter and pianist Gary Barlow, who was also a guest on the show, provided the musical accompaniment, manning a little keyboard that Norton had conveniently stashed behind the couch.
“It is so funny that that many people recognize that theme song,” Smith marveled after the choral performance. “Television really attaches you to people in a way that’s really powerful. And it’s humbling.”
Smith admitted earlier in the show that no matter how many movies he does, The Fresh Prince is still his claim to fame.
“Every country in the world, that is the thing I’m most known for,” he said. He says he doesn’t mind, though; he’s just happy to be recognized. “As long as they screamin’ ‘Will,’ I’m cool.”