Will Smith had a historic year, but for different reasons at the Oscars for winning “Best Actor” and slapping Chris Rock at the event.
However, before this event for years he was one of the most popular actors with Fresh Prince of Bel-Air sitcom in the early 90s. The show would have his character wearing the latest fashion that youth were into and of course the iconic Air Jordan sneakers, including the Air Jordan 5 “Grape” colorway were always a favorite.
NEW JORDAN’S WERE BEGGED FOR BY WILL SMITH
Recently, Smith was a guest on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s podcast, All The Smoke. During this appearance, Smith got to speak about his love of sneakers and how it all played into the show. In fact, Smith explained that he begged Michael Jordan for new sneakers so that his character could be the first to wear them.
“I was living the culture. I was literally calling Jordan like ‘Mike, please, please don’t give them to nobody. Let me be the first person, I gotta be the first person to wear it’. And he was like ‘Man, I don’t run that’.,” Smith recalled. Jordan’s response isn’t exactly surprising when you consider how he was known for taking hard stances.