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This Photo of Will Smith Looking Like Uncle Phil

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The Internet is losing its collective mind over a photo of Will Smith. The rapper/actor recorded himself bungee jumping off Victoria Falls Bridge over Zimbabwe’s Zambezi River, and one shot from the footage has the web buzzing. In the picture, Smith bears an uncanny resemblance to the late James Avery, who played Uncle Phil in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The photo has been blowing up on social media and attracting attention all over the digital world. According to Imgur, the shot gained more than 300,000 views in its first 15 hours on the site. Over at Reddit, a post of the picture skyrocketed to the front page.

Smith’s picture has become a beacon of nostalgia. Avery passed away in 2013, so there will never be a true Fresh Prince reunion. This photo has given fans a chance to reminiscence about the popular sitcom in a fun way.

While Smith lost his television uncle a few years ago, he sadly lost his actual father just a few months ago. Not longer after his father’s passing, Smith spoke about his movie Collateral Beauty helped him cope with the death.

“It was so powerful to be cleansed of the box office,” Smith said. “Like I don’t need the box office to be huge on this film. I don’t need to win any awards. I don’t care. It was the film that I actually worked on that I was actually able to comfortably and beautifully say goodbye to my father. And I hope that this film embodies a bit of that so other people who are experiencing things like that will be able to use it in that way, and it can potentially be helped and help someone else.”

Watch the video that produced the shot of Smith looking like Uncle Phil below. You can also read a few of the reactions from Twitter.

 

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