Alfonso Ribeiro has been stuck in a time warp for the last 20 years. He’s a great actor and talented performer in many different ways, but he doesn’t get many of the acting roles he deserves. A big part of the reason for his troubles is that people still associate him with Carlton, the character from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”
Will Smith hasn’t had that problem for some reason, but Alfonso says that he often gets his calls rejected from casting directors who feel that he’s stuck being the person that he was in 1994.
Ribeiro got a chance to redeem himself as a performer, but also go back to the past by performing “The Carlton” on “Dancing with the Stars,” and it was a doozy.
Witney Carson accompanied the actor on stage and they did a great job, performing to the song “It’s not Unusual” by Tom Jones. The performance was flawless, and he did a great job.
“Looking back at the character, Carlton was someone I had a blast playing,” he said, before going on stage.
“I love ‘The Carlton’ dance now, I love how it makes people feel,” said the actor. “My No. 1 goal this week is to please the fans and give America what they’ve been asking for since the beginning of this show.”
You have to be really happy for the guy. Can you imagine being solely defined by something you did 20 years ago? It sounds like a living nightmare. For the record, Alfonso got his big break at the age of 12 when he performed in a Pepsi commercial with the late Michael Jackson. This thrust him into the international spotlight, as this was one of the most highly-anticipated commercials of all-time
The actor then got a big role on the NBC show, “Silver Spoons,” which also lasted for several years. So, he has a lot of acting experience under his belt, and with any luck, he’ll get a chance to shine once again. Maybe Will Smith can hook him up.
The routine was a hit with the audience as well as the show’s judges, who awarded the pair their first perfect score. After getting the good news, the two celebrated by breaking out into “The Carlton,” as did their fellow competitors.
Now that Ribeiro has showcased his most famous dance move on “DWTS,” a fan tweeted him about a move he made famous on another sitcom.
“When will you do a (Michael Jackson) tribute and moonwalk, ala Silver Spoons,” the fan asked.
“We hope so,” the actor responded.