Will Smith Sadly Rejected Famous Drag Queen

In the vibrant and transformative era of the early ’90s, two talented individuals were on the cusp of stardom: Will Smith and RuPaul. Their paths almost intersected in a surprising twist during the production of Smith’s beloved sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. However, a recent revelation from the show’s executive producer, David Steven Simon, unveils that Smith turned down the opportunity for RuPaul to make a cameo appearance.



Recalling the behind-the-scenes dynamics in his new book, Freaks, Gleeks, and Dawson’s Creek: How Seven Teen Shows Transformed Television, Simon discloses that Smith, who had the authority to approve or reject ideas, dismissed the notion of a RuPaul cameo. Simon persisted, eager to share his vision, but Smith adamantly refused, repeatedly emphasizing his disapproval. Ultimately, Simon relented, acknowledging that Smith’s concerns were rooted in safeguarding his image and reputation.

“The reason he would say no is because of his image. Period. The End,” Simon stated definitively.

As news of this revelation spread, fans and industry insiders were left intrigued by the unexpected intersection of these two rising stars. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which debuted in 1990, marked Smith’s acting debut and propelled him into the limelight. Drawing inspiration from his own life, the NBC comedy showcased Smith’s talent and charisma, solidifying his status as a formidable entertainer following his success as one-half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince.

Simultaneously, RuPaul was carving his own path to stardom. In 1993, he released his debut album, Supermodel of the World, which catapulted him into the mainstream consciousness. The infectious dance anthem “Supermodel (You Better Work)” became a radio sensation, reaching No. 45 on the prestigious Billboard Hot 100 chart

Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter
Harrison Carter has been a huge pro wrestling fan since 2002, and it's been his first love ever since then. He has years of writing experience for all things pro wrestling. His interests outside of wrestling include films, books and soccer.

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