Will Smith And Alfonso Ribeiro Prove Their Friendship Is Still Fresh After 22 Years

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It might be 22 years since the show finished, but its stars are still chilling out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool and shooting some b-ball outside of the school.

Well, maybe not the b-ball, but I just couldn’t help myself.

Instead, Will and Carlton, or as they go by these days, Will and Alfonso, are just hanging out, looking almost as fresh-faced as they did when they first appeared on our 90s TV screens all those years ago.

The characters, played by Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro, always had great chemistry on-screen. Whether they were fighting or making jokes at the other’s expense, the two always came through for each other.

Though primarily a comedy, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air had some truly emotional scenes, like the time Will got shot and Carlton bought a gun to try and protect himself, the time Will’s dad left again, or the time Carlton couldn’t deal with Uncle Phil’s health scare.

Throughout the programme’s run, the characters were never less than family, their on-screen relationships were obviously just as real off-screen (apart from, perhaps, Aunt Viv who suddenly looked a bit different after season three…), which is what made them so easy to watch.

So, it’s great to see Will and Alfonso still so close more than two decades since the show finished.

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Posting the snap on his Instagram, Will Smith wrote:

One of my favorite people on this Whole Damn Rock!!

While Alfonso, posting the same pic to his own Instagram, wrote:

Had a great time this morning playing with my boy @willsmith

One of my favorite people on this Whole Damn Rock!! @therealalfonsoribeiro

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It’s good to see the guys hanging out together, last time we saw Will he was looking a bit lost in a shopping centre in London.

Ok, maybe not lost, but definitely a bit out of place as he was spotted flogging his new drink JUST Water at Boots in Westfield, White City.

Boots shared pictures of the actor’s visit, explaining:

This weekend we launched @JUST Water in 800 of our stores. Rather than plastic, the packaging is made up of 82% renewable resources and is made mostly of paper from FSC managed forests. @iWillSmith visited our Boots store in @westfieldlondon to tell our customers all about it.

One image showed the Hollywood star filling his shopping basket up with JUST Water bottles, and explained that Will had even been given his own staff badge for the day.

The caption read:

Yesterday Hollywood star, Will Smith visited our #London #WhiteCity store for the launch of his & his son’s new business, JUST Water At the launch, Will acted as a Customer Assistant with his very own badge! Will, if you want to join us full time go to www.boots.jobs

Though he looks pretty natural mooching round trying to get the best bargain on his meal deal (triple sandwich mate, no brainer) I reckon Will looks more at home back with his cousin Carlton.

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Could a reunion be on the way? Well, one can dream…

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Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge

Charlie Cocksedge is a journalist at UNILAD. He graduated from the University of Manchester with an MA in Creative Writing, where he learnt how to write in the third person, before getting his NCTJ. His work has also appeared in such places as The Guardian, PN Review and the bin.