The late James Avery was 44 years old when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air premiered in 1990. Will Smith — the titular fresh prince — is currently 48 years old. That’s right: Will is older than Uncle Phil was when he invited his nephew to live with him. That’s horrifying, you’re getting old, we’re all getting old, nothing we do matters because soon we’ll all be worm food, etc.
Anyway! Smith is fast approaching the half-century milestone, but the Bright star has the energy of someone half his age. He recently fulfilled a long-time dream by bungee-jumping — have we learned nothing from Trevor Collins-Newsworthy? — from the Victoria Falls bridge. “This is going to be a cool shot, this is going to be a really cool shot” he said, sounding like Jon Glaser. “Bungee jumping Victoria Falls, I have been wanting to do this for almost 20 years. This is living! This is living right here!” And this is what living looks like.
That’s right: Will has turned into Uncle Phil, and it’s freaking people out.
Eventually, we all become the Uncle Phil.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is seemingly the only ’90s show that hasn’t gotten a Fuller House-esque remake, but Smith said, “I’m not doing it. If somebody wanted to, I would probably let them, but I have no intention.” Soon, Jaden Smith, who everyone assumed would play the new Will, will probably look like DJ Jazzy Jeff, and then we’ll really have an age-based panic attack.