Rewind: 'Fresh Prince' Visits Playboy Mansion
By ROBERT PACE
September 17, 2012
On this day in 1993, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air paid a visit to Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion for one of the show's episodes. As Hefner puts it, the shoot at the Mansion came about in a complex symbolic way.
"We didn't actually approach her (Karyn Parsons, "Hillary Banks"). The whole thing worked the other way around," Hefner says in the featured video flashback. "They were building a show around the notion of her posing (for Playboy)...It was life imitating art, imitating life."
In his blasé style, Hefner breezes through the interview with mostly concise sentences, which holds true when he is asked why he thinks that shows approach him with offers to shoot at the Playboy Mansion.
"Ratings," he responds. "'Playboy' always increases the ratings."
Check out the full video flashback above to see what happens when the Fresh Prince bunch go to check out the Playboy bunny rabbits.
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