Fact #355: Will Smith’s name in The Fresh Prince was Alfonso Ribeiro’s idea (Carlton Banks), who told Will Smith that people will forever refer to him in public by his character’s name. So Will Smith chose Will Smith.

Source: http://movies.stackexchange.com/questions/3794/why-did-will-smith-use-his-actual-name-in-the-fresh-prince-of-bel-air

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