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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Will Smith attends the Warner Bros. Pictures' "Focus" premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on February 24, 2015 in Hollywood, California.

Will Smith is revealing he was able to launch his career despite going broke for failing to pay his taxes, with the help of a loan from a drug dealer.

According to Yahoo, the star shared the details with Idris Elba during a promotion for his new autobiography “Will” at the Savoy Theatre in London. Smith said after getting into financial troubles in the early 90s, he asked a friend, who he described as “purveyor of neighborhood pharmaceuticals,” for the loan, and then promptly sold everything to move to Los Angeles.

His lead role on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” saved him from having to file bankruptcy, and, according to Smith’s biography, 70-percent of his pay during the first three seasons of the show went back to the IRS.

Source: Yahoo

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