Martin Lawrence explains long wait for Bad Boys for Life

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 7 January 2020
Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence

Martin Lawrence has revealed that 'Bad Boys for Life' took so long to make because he and Will Smith didn't think the script was good enough

Martin Lawrence has addressed the long wait for 'Bad Boys for Life'.

The 54-year-old actor reprises his role as Inspector Marcus Burnett in the third film in the 'Bad Boys' series – which also stars Will Smith as Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey and comes almost two decades after the release of the 2003 sequel – and he revealed the delay was because the performers felt that the script lacked quality.

He told GQ: "The script wasn't right. And Will, to his credit, refused to do the movie until the script was right. It wouldn't have been a good movie. We didn't want that.

"We wanted to do a sequel where people would go, 'Oh, man, that's what I'm talking about. It just gets better.' "

The 'Big Momma's House' star felt frustrated being unable to give fans an answer as to when the film would be released until now.

Martin explained: "I don't really dwell on that now. But I mean, probably at that time, I was like, 'Oh, man'. People were asking me, and I had no answer for them.

"I was asking myself that question. I was asking other people, 'When are we going to do it?' I was asking (producer) Jerry Bruckheimer, 'When are we going to do this movie?' "

Martin also revealed that a back injury prevented him from getting into shape for the film, although he insisted he has "no excuses".

He said: "If you see the movie, I'm a little heavier in the movie, so you know, it's true. I wanted to be in shape enough to get through it and be able to deliver.

"I have no excuses, but I had hurt my back in a New Year's Eve show right before we did Bad Boys, so I couldn't work out or anything for the whole movie. All I could do is eat. That was it. So I'm glad we had the stuntmen, because they do a great job."

Bad Boys for Life

  • 3 stars
  • 2020
  • US
  • 2h 3min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah
  • Cast: Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Paola Núñez, Kate del Castillo, Nicky Jam, Joe Pantoliano, Thomas Brag

Mike (Smith) and Marcus (Lawrence) are back, tracking down a mysterious assassin with the help of younger colleagues. The best film in the franchise so far, it’s full of the expected action but also develops the relationship between the leads. Great fun, and the most purely entertaining movie Smith has made in a while.

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