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If Will Smith Didn’t Make It Big as An Actor, He Would Have Unexpectedly Pursued This Field

He is a mutant killer in ‘I Am Legend,’ a loving and determined father in ‘The Pursuit of Happyness,’ and a funny man in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ Will Smith has arguably taken on all types of roles in different genres.

It’s quite hard to imagine him not being an actor since he is so good at what he does. But did you know that he would have pursued another path if he didn’t make it big in the entertainment industry?

Computer Science Field

If he didn’t become an A-lister, Will admitted he wouldn’t have stayed in this field at all. In fact, he would have worked in the tech industry, adding that he loves math and science.

Antoniodiaz/Shutterstock Will would have explored computer science

In the year that he was supposed to attend college, the educational system began offering the computer science course. It may be hard to digest this but the actor confessed that it is easier for him to think as a logical scientist than as a creative.

Will Smith’s Career

Nonetheless, Will excelled in the path he has chosen – and fans will agree. Although this is the case, his path in the entertainment industry is far from conventional.

Many people have come to know Will as an impressive actor but apparently, he was once a rapper – a good one, at that. His first Grammy was because of his and friend DJ Jazzy Jeff’s hip-hop act. His then stage name was ‘The Fresh Prince’ and one of his records is ‘Summertime.’

Andrey Bayda / Shutterstock Will’s first acting stint is ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’

So how did Will become an actor? This decision was actually born out of money problems. Because he spent his fortune ridiculously, it didn’t take too long for him to blow his finance through the roof.

He owed $2.8 million to the IRS and had no penny to his name. You can just imagine how difficult the situation was for him.

Snatching ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Role

Thankfully, he was always on the set of ‘The Arsenio Hall Show’ where he met executive Benny Medina. Will was told the idea of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.’ This was followed by an invitation to the home of Quincy Jones, the sitcom’s producer.

Losev Artyom/Shutterstock Will was once a rapper

Once Will met Quincy, he was asked to audition – in the middle of a big party while guests were around. The owner of the house had the furniture moved to give space for the man of the hour.

Obviously, the audition went well and Will got the lead part. The next day, he signed the contract for the role that thrust him to unfathomable stardom.

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