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"I'd like to take a minute, just sit right there, tell you how I look like Uncle Phil upside down from Bel Air." Do you remember that stage after The Departed where Leonardo DiCaprio began to morph into Jack Nicholson? Well, Hollywood's Twilight Zone is back at it again, proving that pets don't just look like their owners, actors can look like their buddies too.

The latest doppelgänger sees go for it Big Philly Style, because the internet has noticed that Smith (from a certain angle) bears an uncanny resemblance to James Avery's Uncle Phil from '90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' [Credit: NBC]
'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' [Credit: NBC]

Uncle Will

Kudos to redditor MidasGloves who noticed that Smith's recent bungee jump video also contained the key to time travel. Smith captured the footage from 111 meters above the Zambezi in Zimbabwe with his GoPro, but now an image of the Hollywood star has gone viral for very different reasons. Of course, gravity and Father Time can play tricks on you, so hanging upside down over Victoria Falls is never going to give the most flattering angle in the world. However, there is an uncanny resemblance between Smith and Avery — still don't believe me? Take a look:

[Credit: YouTube/NBC]
[Credit: YouTube/NBC]

On a sad note, RIP to James Avery, who tragically passed in 2013. Portraying the formidable father figure in all six seasons of 's show, Phillip Banks was the hotshot judge, known for his fiery temper and iron fist. The show followed a fictionalized Will Smith after he is sent to live with his rich aunt and uncle in the lush suburb of Bel Air — we all remember the theme song, which pretty much tells you the whole story. Phil did occasionally find time to relax thanks to Will, usually with hilarious results.

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'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' [Credit: NBC]
'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air' [Credit: NBC]

To make you feel old, Smith, now 48, is actually older than Avery was when the show first aired in 1990. As he goes on in years, and with his newly grown salt-and-pepper beard, Smith looks like he is slowly morphing into the late, great Avery. So, could the recent bungee spark a Fresh Prince continuation? After persistent rumors, Smith told E! that a reboot would happen "...pretty close to when Hell freezes over," but you just know that someday NBC will commission another series/revival.

Why not have Jaden Smith as the tearaway teen from the wrong side of the tracks and Will as his stern Uncle Will? You could even have Will return to the Banks family home after inheriting it, finding an aged Geoffrey and Carlton still rattling around the place — this stuff just writes itself, doesn't it?

Check out the iconic title song for The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and don't forget our poll below!


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