Film, TV & Stage

Will Smith turned down $22m for new series of Fresh Prince to pursue Hollywood. Only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100m

FAITH: Will Smith

FAITH: Will Smith

A YOUNG Will Smith was offered a million dollars per episode for a new series of the Fresh Prince, but turned it down to pursue acting ambitions on the big screen.

Friend and colleague Terrence J revealed that when he spoke with the Hollywood star about quitting his presenting role in E! News for similar reasons, Will told him to follow his gut.

“I actually sat down with Will Smith, and I asked him when did he know it was time to leave The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” he told XONecole. “They offered him a million dollars an episode for 22 episodes, and he said he just felt it in his gut – he felt it in his heart – and he knew when it was time to leave.

“This was when he only had Six Degrees of Separation. It wasn’t like he had done Bad Boys or Men in Black yet, he just stepped out on faith. And so I felt like it was just my time .”

Will went onto land starring roles in Bad Boys (1996) and Men In Black (1997), the latter grossing $589.3m against a $90m budget at the box office.

He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.

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