A little back story to this clip before you watch it:
Will Smith’s father abandoned him and his mother when he was a child, and when Will was finally getting into show business and making a name for himself, he tried to sneak his way back into his life like nothing happened. Will co-wrote this episode, and James Avery (Uncle Phil) said, “This scene was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to shoot in my life. Every emotion, every word.. that was Will.”
Will was actually supposed to play it off and then walk away, and there was originally an alternate scene that was supposed to happen, but he actually completely cut out what was supposed to be said, and did all of his own dialogue. The hug at the end of this scene is completely genuine, and this was a stepping stone in Will’s career where he started to take on the “Do what feels, sounds, and looks right.” approach to his acting.
OMG and this is why Will Smith is a great actor…just teared up a little bit because this is how I feel on a daily basis, but I put on a smile so that I can bring joy to people. “How come he don’t want me?” My mom raised me and I am the man you see before you. She did a great job in my opinion. I will be a better father than my father ever was.
How appropriate I see this today, the day of AIOTS out in UCD, a few years back I performed a rendition of this during open mic with my homie @mr-sd, definitely a hella dope time, and also perhaps the greatest FPOB scene of ALL TIME