The continued presence of The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air on TV and popular culture may mean its still acceptable to sing the theme tune, but its wreaked havoc with Will Smiths ego. Still riding the wave of popularity he had in the nineties, Smith is just about reaching the point where quality control may be in order; that run in with Shyamalan earlier this year has really hurt his street cred.
Not that the man would show any trace of that. Smith still works under the misled belief he is the biggest movie star in the world. Now yes, Independence Day is still very popular and people fondly remember the first Men In Black, but would their success fifteen years ago lead to you concluding hes still a big deal now? Check out how he described the difficulty of growing up for his son Jaden:
"Your fathers the biggest movie star in the world, youre in this extreme shadow."I've used that quote before, but its so horribly misguided thought it cant be contained in one article. I understand that theres pressure on Jaden, but a lot of that comes from his Dad forcing him very hard into show business, rather than genuine press craving.
Despite always being liked by those who grew up in the nineties, Smith has a complacency clearly shown with his sporadic filmography. If he wants to stick around as more than Jadens manager he needs to start accepting hes not all that.