It’s not uncommon for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air fans to ask Alfonso Ribeiro to cheer with him.
But be warned: He’s sick of you asking him to reenact his iconic ‘Carlton Dance’ from the ’90s sitcom.
“I’m black – I just don’t dance for you. That’s not going to happen,” America’s Funniest Home Videos told Jimmy Kimmel of his memorable moves, which were famously set to the Tom Jones song “It’s Not Usual.”
Ribeiro, 50, continued, “What makes you think you’re just going to ask a random person to dance for you and they’re going to be like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve been waiting for you to ask! Wait a second, let me get into the role.’ It’s not – I don’t understand. That will not happen.”
Ribeiro — who tried to copyright the moves in 2019 but was turned down by the Fed — noted that he receives requests to dance the character’s trademark moves “every day of my life when I go outside,” and he refuses to apologize for rejecting the motions.
“What a strange human tendency,” joked 54-year-old Kimmel. “…you must want to kill people when they ask you to, right?”
“Dancing with the Stars” champ Ribeiro starred and quipped, “You know, I won’t say kill – but I, uh, I don’t have love for it like them.” (Note that he recreated the dance for his 2014 run on “DWTS.”)
The ‘Dancing with the Stars’ graduate portrayed Carlton Banks on the NBC series from 1990 to 1996, playing the foil and cousin of lead actor Will Smith.
The cast reunited for an HBO Max special in 2020, and Smith, 53, and Ribeiro discussed how the latter got into the famous dance.
“The first time the script just said ‘Carlton dances’ and I had to figure out how that character would dance,” Ribeiro said during the special. “What would be the actual move that would have hit it perfectly?”
During the special, Smith confessed that he “never could do the Carlton dance — I could never do it” until one of the show’s final scenes when the two cousins danced together.
“That final moment of doing it together — it was like finally Will fully accepting Carlton,” recalled the King Richard Oscar winner. “We are in sync and one.”
Meanwhile, Ribeiro has revealed he probably wouldn’t read Smith’s best-selling memoir, Will.
“For many, many, many years, people have speculated about them as a family. They state it in a way that is their truth. I don’t know if I’ll read the book because I know the people,” he told Extra at the time.