1. The Mansion We All Know is Actually Not in Bel-Air. Fresh Prince of Belair HouseIn the television show, the address of the Banks’ house is 805 St. Cloud Road. However the real house is actually located N. Bristol Avenue, in Brentwood (The same neighborhood O.J. Simpson lived).
2. Will Smith’s Name in the Show Is Different From the Real Life Will. The character in the show is Will Smith, the same as the Actor Will Smith. However, there is a slight difference between the two on the show and in real life. Will is known in real life as Willard Smith. In the TV show he is William Smith.
The reason Will chose to name the character Will Smith, came from a conversation he and Alfonso Riberio were having when they were trying to come up with names for their characters. Alfonso stated that they had to be careful with the names that they chose, as people would be calling them this name publicly for the rest of their lives. It was there that he suggested he name the character “Will Smith”.
3. Really! That Was Geoffrey’s Last Name? Geoffrey is known as the wise cracking butler of the Banks’. Many people are unaware of his full name, which is, Geoffrey Barbara Butler…..oh the irony and the weirdness.
4. The Theme Song Was Used to Prank C-SPAN. It is well known that people get a kick prank calling C-SPAN, however it is usually nipped in the bud pretty quickly. A guy named Jack Strickland was able to get away with a pretty cool prank call during a segment on C-SPAN where they were discussing how much influence Congress should have on negotiations with Iran.
Jack was able to make on air call where he stated that he was from Bel-Air, California, but he was originally from West Philadelphia. He went on to say that he and a friend were on a basketball court discussing how much influence Congress should have over Iran negotiations when “a couple of guys who were up to no good essentially started causing trouble in my neighborhood.” He was promptly cut off before he had a chance to finish.
5 . The cast used to keep a diary on set. In an interview with ABC News, Karyn Parsons, who played spoiled and air-headed Hilary Banks on the show, let slip that she and her cast-mates had a secret journal they hid on set. “In the kitchen, there was a drawer in the island that had a little diary,” Parsons said. “Every now and then a camera person or the actors, somebody would just write silly poetry or ‘James is getting on my nerves.’ We would make little notes.” Parsons was able to snag the notebook before she left and uses it to remember her on-screen dad, James Avery, who died earlier this year.
6. You can thank Courteney Cox and Eddie Murphy for the Carlton Dance. Alfonso Ribeiro, the guy who rocked blazers and jammed out to Tom Jones, admitted the “Friends” star and famous comedian inspired his signature move. “There was a video of Bruce Springsteen and Courteney Cox called ‘Dancing in the Dark,’ and Bruce Springsteen pulls her up onto the stage and she basically does that dance,” Ribeiroold tBuzzfeed. The actor also credited Eddie Murphy’s “white man dance” from his “Delirious” comedy video as a model for his popular jig.
7. Will Smith used to memorize his cast-mates lines so he wouldn’t forget his own. Smith was a relative newcomer to the acting world when he landed the “Fresh Prince” gig, and the rapper felt uncomfortable acting opposite his more-seasoned co-stars. “I was trying so hard,” Smith said of his early days on TV. “I would memorize the entire script, then I’d be lipping everybody’s lines while they were talking. When I watch those episodes, it’s disgusting. My performances were horrible.” If you go back to the first season of the show and look closely, you’ll see what he’s talking about.