Fresh Prince’s Carlton Banks is an iconic character for many reasons but one, in particular, stands out, and it’s the dance. It turns out, the actor who played him really hates when fans ask him to reenact it.
Alfonso Ribeiro told Digital Spy that Carlton’s dance to Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual” is more of a curse than a blessing.
“I’ve learned to appreciate it, but anytime you create something like that, people see it before they see you, or they respect that more than they respect you, or your feelings as a human being.”
Ribeiro said that the legacy of the dance follows him wherever he goes, and he’s pretty sick of it especially when he’s forced to dance like a wind-up toy.
“And as much as now I laugh it off, at the end of the day, it’s incredibly rude for people to ask somebody in the street to dance for you.”
Still, he’s used the signature moves to his advantage in the past, in 2013 he performed it with Will Smith and his son Jaden on The Graham Norton Show. He also whipped it out during his tenure on the American version of Strictly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars).
He doesn’t mind honouring the moment, just not in a bathroom stall, “I no longer get upset and can put it into perspective,” he insisted.
Still, time and place people.