‘Bad Boys for Life’: Will Smith Tried to Do Action ‘Better than Tom Cruise’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Bad Boys for Life is now in theaters.

Looking again, it’s loopy simply how a lot of a launchpad 1995’s Bad Boys was for everybody concerned. The movie marked the directorial debut of Michael Bay, setting the template for his personal type of motion. And it additionally kickstarted the film careers of stars Martin Lawrence and Will Smith.

At the time, Lawrence was greatest often called the star of TV’s Martin. Meanwhile, Smith had a Grammy-winning music profession and NBC hit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Built off the action-comedy success of Bad Boys, Lawrence and Smith grew to become main males.

Now Bad Boys for Life hopes to recapture that chemistry. The 51-year-old Smith, particularly, discovered it laborious to get again into the bodily demanding position.

Will Smith at a 'Bad Boys for Life' photocall
Will Smith at a ‘Bad Boys for Life’ photocall | Pablo Cuadra/WireImage

‘Bad Boys for Life’ is lastly right here

Following Bad Boys‘ success, Bay, Lawrence, and Smith returned for Bad Boys II eight years later. That movie proved to be a good greater hit than the primary one. So followers of the franchise assumed a 3rd entry could be proper across the nook.

It wasn’t for lack of making an attempt. The prospect of a 3rd Bad Boys at all times lingered, it doesn’t matter what different initiatives Lawrence or Smith would do. But for a wide range of causes, the challenge by no means actually got here collectively till just lately. Released a staggering 17 years after its predecessor, Bad Boys for Life has lastly landed.

However, its launch comes with out Bay’s involvement. At one level, Joe Carnahan (Smokin’ Ace) was even set to jot down and direct the movie. But in the long run, Belgian filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah stepped behind the digicam for the much-anticipated subsequent chapter within the adventures of Mike Lowrey (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence)

Will Smith’s strategy to stuntwork

While Lawrence and Smith at all times appeared sport to return for Bad Boys for Life, the actors doubtless didn’t anticipate it to take so lengthy for them to reunite. Smith, for his half, tried to tackle as lots of the stunts himself as potential. But as he just lately admitted, it was rather more troublesome than he anticipated.

I’m making an attempt to hold on. There have been a few the motion sequences that I used to be like “oooh.” I began, and I informed myself I used to be doing all of my stunts. I used to be doing — you understand, Tom Cruise was simply hanging on the aspect of an airplane at 50. I used to be like “Man, I’m better than Tom Cruise!” And I did like two stunts and I used to be like “I’m not better than Tom Cruise!”

Smith, in fact, is referring to Tom Cruise’s position within the Mission: Impossible collection. Those films have turn into well-known for his or her insane, real-life stunts and, extra to the purpose, Cruise’s insistence on performing them himself. Smith’s remark is a testomony to how a lot effort Cruise places into these productions. The actor is even signed on for Mission: Impossible 7 and 8.

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The new ‘Bad Boys’ appears to be like like a success

By all accounts, a 17-year break within the Bad Boys franchise doesn’t threaten to hurt its field workplace potential. According to trade insiders, Bad Boys for Life is monitoring for a gap weekend of roughly $40 million. That’s a reasonably strong quantity and one which — contemplating the movie’s $90 million funds — ought to assist the movie turn into a success.

Releasing the movie in January then appears to be like like a method that may repay for Sony. Bad Boys for Life may have simply gotten misplaced within the shuffle if the studio launched it within the crowded spring or summer time. But proper now, the most important competitors comes from both Christmas holdovers or awards contenders. Neither of these ought to eat into Bad Boys for Life‘s core viewers. So Bad Boys 4, anybody?

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