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'House Party' Star Reveals 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Almost Never Happened


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In 1990 'House Party' became one of the first hip-hop buddy comedies ever and a benchmark in film for urban Gen-Xers. Written and directed by Reginald Hudlin this coming-of-age flick starred rappers Christopher "Kid" Reid and Chris "Play" Martin as two high school friends trying to pull off the ultimate house party while Play's parents were away.

While the concept was not totally new, the execution and style was unlike anything attempted before. Where their big screen predecessors were either raw ('Wildstyle,' 'Breakin,' 'Krush Groove') or just goofy ('Disorderlies') 'House Party' had the right balance of emotion and humor. Before Eminem earned accolades for his verbal confrontations in '8 Mile,' Kid-N-Play had their own rap battle right in their living room, complete with choreographed dance moves! The late Robin Harris as the loveable "Pop" and comedian Martin Lawrence as "Bilal," the reluctant DJ with a halitosis problem, buoyed the fledging rappers turned actors. 'House Party' grossed a respectable $26M during its box office run and spawned three sequels.

A little known fact is that the starring roles were originally meant for an actual rapper and DJ named The Fresh Prince, (aka Will Smith) and his partner DJ Jazzy Jeff. So what happened? During a red carpet event for TV One, Christopher "Kid" Reid explained how he and Play were ultimately offered the movie and how they inadvertently returned the favor by turning down what became 'Fresh Prine of Bel-Air.'



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Okay, I don't see how this can be true. The show was totally written with the Fresh Prince in mind. I can't see how it could have existed in some other form for Kid 'N Play and then have been reworked to fit JJ+FP. All of the interviews I've read with FP and Quincy Jones always talked about how JJ+FP's music videos played a role in the formation of the show. It just doesn't make sense.

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dont see how it can be true i miss this show so much they dont make shows like they used to

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