Will Smith recalls iconic “how come he don’t want me" scene + Being pushed by James Avery
Will Smith recalls iconic how come he dont want me scene Being pushed by James Avery

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Black Press Media Group, July 2018 Emmy Award winning actor Will Smith joins Rap Radar and reflects on working with actor James Avery also known as "Uncle Phil" on sitcom The Fresh Prince of Belair. Will talks about the iconic "how come he don't want me" scene. Via: @BlackPressNetworks on Instagram


Brandon McFarland : First things first, Rest In Peace Uncle Phil...

HollisKing : This is why James Avery is always talked about with respect. By far one of the best tv dads of all time.

Sticky Arrow : Putting the scene at the end... you caught me slipping, haha. 😭

Mr. Hester : I seriously just had to hold back the tears... powerful scene... James Avery saw potential in Will and challenged him to be great...

Baneleaf : The strength of this scene was Mr. Avery. Hearing that he pushed Smith to make it the best scene it could be does not surprise me at all. The scene was just that important that they could not half ass it. Will Smith was not a polished actor which made the delivery that much more impactful because you knew there was pure emotion there that he hand to pull out of his soul and deliver in front of a crew and audience. There was an article that mentioned that the entire crew and cast off screen were balling their eyes out. Well done Mr. Avery, well done in pulling that performance out of a young actor and giving all of us the memory of just how many young men feel today.

Bai tza : That part when he screamed "to hell with him!" You can just feel the chilled silence.

Korey Sylver : That scene is not only the most powerful in Fresh Prince history but in sitcom history overall to me. And you can hear the co stars of the show crying. “Hillary Banks” said she was one of them

Cameron Neal : Me: It’s a lovely day YouTube recommendations: You’re going to *CRY*

dominique danyel : “Don’t act around me. Act with me.” Whew! GEMS!!!

Fikash : Will Smith and James Avery deservedly get a lot of praise for this scene, but you have to give it to the writers as well. Such a great mixture of feelings of anger and defiance built up over the years, finally culminating when he can't keep the walls up anymore and the child inside him reveals his true simple and desperate desire for his father's love and attention. "How come he don't want me, man?" It's so easy to understand and it breaks the heart every time.

Claren Dennis : Shout out to James Avery for bringing out the best of Will...

Vanessa W : No matter how many times I see it, no matter how much time has passed, that scene ALWAYS brings me to tears. Beautifully acted.

TempeSoldier123 : Sounds like Uncle Phil was the man on and off screen.

Jersey'sFinest TT : First things first r.i.p. uncle Phil, for real, you the only father that I ever knew...

Telika Howard : every guy thinking of being a dead beat dad and leaving their kid should watch that scene

somarriba333 : Powerful scene. I get chills when he yells "TO HELL WITH HIM!" and then when breakdown when he says THE line at the end. Uncle Phil. Best TV dad ever. Awesome Shredder too.

Joshua Frick : Back in the 90s a lot of sitcoms would have that one episode every season that had a special message to promote... This episode was an instant classic though. I remember watching this live and thinking damn that’s powerful. I have both my parents, so it didn’t hit home for me, but you could just tell. And the episode wasn’t preachy. Same ol Fresh Prince for 28 minutes & then they smack you upside the head in the last 2 and make you think. Fresh Prince was like that. Could entertain you and make you think... even 25+ years later.

Victor Rodriguez : How naive I was 2 minutes ago. Watching this, I was like: "Please don't show the scene! Not now. Please... I can't resist watching if it pops up." Now I'm a blubbering mess.

beastyguy123 : As an actor watching this amazes me because you would think that Will is flawless because of that scene when really behind the curtains he was beat into the character we saw on our screens... Like Michael Jordan said “On the court what they were seeing greatness but they didn’t know my pain behind the scenes and failures”

Katie Lewis : Who still cried?🖐🏾

Josh Leonard : I was maybe 12 or 13 years old when that episode aired, and I told myself after watching it that I will never ever leave my kids... Thank you Will, James Avery, and Ben Vereen....

Draco Beans : My father had me outside of his marriage and decided he never wanted his wife to find out so meeting him at 7 for the first time was a brief 30 mins where he just left me in a hotel room with an unloaded pistol to play with, came back from wherever and dropped me back off to my mother and never saw him again. I was 7 but able to notice that he wanted nothing to do with me so this episode for me is always hard to watch even 28 years later

Smith A : That scene gets me everytime. Especially when they zoom in on the statue of father and son. That's some good acting right there.

james IX : This has always been a fantastic scene but with the context from that interview it is so much better

Leonardo Datore : He was called Uncle Phil, but we knew him as Wills Dad

Compte Prive : Man these 90's sitcoms were SO GOOD at taking a serious turn and to talk about something real.....No equivalent today.

Paul Ruffin : On the real, I asked the same thing about my father. Unfortunately many of us Black men have asked that question.

VoiAhoyTV : I’m seeing a girl from a fatherless background and she said that this scene was relatable to her. I’m sooo happy that I can’t relate to it and my children will also not relate to it.

PR_Mikiii 999 : They put the video and I was "oh no I ain't crying" god dammit I cried :(( 😂

Emy34 : One of the best scenes ever produced. Guaranteed tears!

Randy H. : When Shredder speaks...you listen.

Sahil Shah : Uncle Phil's emotion at 3:20 was priceless. I think Will Smith did such a great job that even James Avery got teary.

Jeff Busby : best scene of the show. rip james avery - uncle phil was amazing

Dom Sansotta : R.I.P. Uncle Phill you are still America’s favorite TV dad the scene where Will’s father walks out on him and Uncle Phill was defeniteley a great role model and this scene still makes me cry

Benita Angela : So, I'm the only one who would get exponentially more emotional about this scene because there was that meme that went around with this clip for a LONG minute saying that Will Smith's emotions and improv in this scene were directly tied to his relationship with his OWN father?? Cuz... I'm slightly disappointed, but at the same time impressed because that was NOR the case.

HvyMetal4Ever : I'm 38 years of age. Almost 39 - And this scene hits me every.single.time. There was a point in my life when my Dad was absent. I think it hits harder for some of us, because we connect more with that emotion. This was outstanding acting by Will Smith & James Avery. RIP Mr. Avery. You are truly missed.

Tacitus Kilgore : 'Every young man needs an Uncle Phil in his life' - Will Smith

Stemster : I use to cry because of my biological dad but now i cry for uncle phil


Diego Rojas Sebastian : Yo that scene always makes me cry, beautiful scene. The hug = instant tears

Derek Pearson : Seriously.. Everytime, I tear up everyyyyytiiimmmeee

DowntownLAKid : James Avery, Uncle Phil, knew kids needed the message So he pushed Will to make the scene right. Thank you uncle Phil. You made will do it right, and you made a whole generation of kids without fathers feel understood

Ron Collier : RIP James Avery This was one of the best scenes in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air history.

JessA : Yup that scene is still so powerful, so moving. It still gets to me because i can relate. I am crying right now....

Interessante gedachtes : Uncle Phil, reminds me of the head school teacher I had at young age... I admired him.. A strong father figure..

Michael Wesley : WHO TF IS CUTTING ONIONS!!!

Motorhead Fanatik : Dafuq? Mofo still looks the same as he did back in the 90s!

Really Tired 64 : 3:37 Right as his hat hits the floor you can hear a woman sobbing offscreen. It sounded too close to be an audience member so it must have been one of the actresses.

86mdwolfie : That episode was heart breaking. I was a little dude when I first seen this episode and I was like WTF.... “How come he don’t want me, man!”