With a brand new ‘Recent Prince’ on its means, will the unique Carlton pop up? Alfonso Ribeiro tells HL EXCLUSIVELY if he’ll be a part of the upcoming ‘reimagining.’
It’s been about six months since Will Smith introduced that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot was coming to NBC’s streaming service Peacock. But, this isn’t going to be just like the basic ‘90s sitcom that made Alfonso Ribeiro – and his signature dance – a phenomenon. “It’s not a reboot. It’s a reimagining,” Alfonso tells HollywoodLife in an EXCLUSIVE interview. The AMFV host and popular culture icon, who not too long ago partnered with TGI Fridays to assist launch its “Underneath The Massive High” celebration, spoke about how the upcoming Bel-Air, as a drama, will provide a brand new tackle the present’s premise. In the end, which means viewers received’t see Alfonso reprise his position because the loveable Carlton Banks. “It’s a totally different show with, with none of us actually concerned in it,” he says, confirming he received’t make a cameo. “Not from me, no.”
Whereas that will break the hearts of ‘90s youngsters, Alfonso tells HollywoodLife that he’s actually excited to see the place this new Bel-Air goes. “What I do love is the concept, somewhat than doing the identical previous reboot factor the place everybody’s simply mainly regurgitating issues of previous, I like that I like the truth that it’s going to be a brand new present,” he says. “It’s not the identical present, it’s not, , somebody attempting to play Will and somebody attempting to play Carlton,” he stated, referencing his and Will Smith’s characters on the unique sequence.
“It’s getting in a totally totally different route, so I’m to see what’s going to occur. I don’t know what’s going to seem like, however I’m certain , all the things that Will put this places his hand on usually seems fairly good,” he provides.
Will Smith introduced in September 2020 that NBC had given the brand new sequence the inexperienced mild. “We’ve got simply formally closed the take care of Peacock with an unprecedented two-season order from a pitch,” he stated on his YouTube Channel, per CNN. “I’ve been on this enterprise for 30 years, and that doesn’t occur.” The announcement included a video of Will on a name with author/director Morgan Cooper, who reimagined the brand new sequence as a drama within the 2019 spec trailer. Bel-Air will contain a dramatic take a look at the “inherent conflicts, feelings, and biases” that might contain a younger Black man from West Philadelphia as he’s abruptly transplanted into the prosperous neighborhood of Bel-Air.
Throughout Alfonso’s chat with HollywoodLife, he shared two fond reminiscences of James Avery, the beloved actor who performed “Uncle Phil” on The Recent Prince of Bel-Air. James passed away in 2013 following issues from open-heart surgical procedure. “We have been a forged that beloved to spend so much of time collectively,” stated Alfonso, “and we actually did. We might go to lunch collectively as usually as attainable. One among my favourite reminiscences is actually all of us simply piling into his Mercedes as a result of he had the most important automotive of all of us. And we pile in, and it was actually nearly all of us in that automotive. We might drive the automotive, and it will be nearly driving on the bottom, with all of us in there. And going to lunch throughout that first season and actually attending to know one another.”
“One of many humorous reminiscences was that there was a time the place we’re taking pictures, and we’d have actual meals, and so he — he determined he was going to eat a few of the precise meals!” stated Alfonso. “Properly, it had some oil, and it dropped on his shirt, and he stored saying, ‘it’s water, its water.’ And we’re like, ‘it’s not water, as a result of, look, we’re attempting to dry it, and it’s not drying.’ It’s creating like an oil stain. He held onto his fact it doesn’t matter what was happening. So, these reminiscences make me smile each time I consider them.”