‘Bad Boys for Life’: Will Smith Explains Why It Took So Long for Him and Martin Lawrence to Make Another Sequel

by Jeremy Spirogis
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It’s been an extended delay, but Bad Boys is eventually returning into the silver screen. Nearly 17 years after Bad Boys II, fans may have the opportunity to see Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) reunite in Bad Boys for Life. It opens up Jan. 17. 

On Jan. 9, Smith and Lawrence sat straight down with Elliott Wilson for a TIDAL CRWN meeting at New York’s Apollo Theater. The pair discussed every little thing from the way they play-off each other on display to DJ Khaled’s part when you look at the future motion picture. Smith also dished on why it took way too long when it comes to 3rd Bad Boys movie to come calmly to fruition. 

Will Smith explains the reason why he waited to make ‘Bad Boys for Life’ 

In the meeting, Smith shown on the reason why it took virtually 2 full decades to make another Bad Boys movie. He stated that initial two movies had an unique secret, and then he concerned about destroying their particular history. 

“i recently performedn’t wish to wreck the team. We thought like I experienced various other sequels during my career [where I felt] like I performedn’t land it. But with this specific one we simply desired to protect this franchise,” he said. “I wanted to make sure that the story was right, that it had something to say, that it was funny, and that it deserved to be made again. Not just, ‘People like sequels, so let’s just do a sequel.’”

Smith claims he concerned about the film appearing like a ‘cash grab’ 

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Smith elaborated on their hesitancy to revisit Bad Boys during a Jan. 9 look on The Tonight Show. He informed Jimmy Fallon he performedn’t desire the 3rd motion picture to appear like these people were simply doint it to make money. 

“What we tried to do that was really critical and important to me was not try to do the old movies again,” he stated, noting it was required for their and Lawrence’s characters to age and alter.

“The reason it took so long is that I didn’t want to make it just as a cash grab,” he added.

He acknowledges a number of their previous sequels weren’t great 

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In The Tonight Show look, Smith admitted that a number of their previous sequels weren’t great. 

“I had fumbled a few my final sequels. We ended up beingn’t pleased with the Men in Black sequel. I Recently actually desired to make certain it was a standalone film that individuals could have a proper newer experience with.”

“Y’all gonna love it,” Smith stated, joking he ended up beingn’t simply saying it this time around because he previously to advertise the movie. “I say that a lot. I’m going to keep it real. Sometimes I say y’all gonna love it and y’all not gonna love it. Sometimes I’ve seen it and I know y’all not gonna love it. But it’s an expensive movie.”

The Gemini Man actor additionally explained that the film is truly about relationship and arriving at terms with individuals using various routes in life as they age. The 51-year-old joked he needed to face his very own age whenever recording. He informed Fallon which he initially designed to just take a cue from Tom Cruise and do his very own stunts. 

“I was like, ‘Man, I’m better than Tom Cruise,” he stated. “And I did like, two stunts, and I was like, ‘I’m not better than Tom Cruise.’” 

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