Cinema / 16-01-2020

Martin Lawrence And Will Smith Reflect On That Time Bad Boys Was Going To Star Two White Comedians

Martin Lawrence And Will Smith Reflect On That Time Bad Boys Was Going To Star Two White Comedians
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According to ET, when Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey were being eyed for Bad Boys, the script was in Disney’s hands and undergoing rewrites. The studio decided to pass on the to-be franchise and Columbia Pictures got ahold of it. Quite a few tweaks were made in its hands, and the rest is history. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence signed on to star in the Michael Bay film, and Lovitz and Carvey would go on to star together with Nicholas Cage in 1994’s crime-comedy Trapped in Paradise.

Thinking back to a shift in direction like this certainly goes to show how influential Bad Boys was on cinema back in the day. Now it wasn’t the biggest hit of 1995 by any means, but the 2003 sequel would make the top 10 of the worldwide box office of that year, with an impressive $273 million haul globally! The first Bad Boys was Michael Bay’s first feature-length movie, and just look at him today.

Not to mention Bad Boys was where an action career began for Will Smith too. Before, he was the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – Bad Boys changed that. Apparently, Bay even jokes with the actor about that today, saying he should be “in for half.” Martin Lawrence also made the move to movies too and became a household name thanks to Bad Boys.

Fans have been waiting for 17 years to see the boys get back together, and according to CinemaBlend’s Sean O’Connell, it’s worth the wait! He gave the film a 3.5 stars in his review, and it’s impressed critics overall too with a 78% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Bad Boys For Life hits theaters this Friday, January 17 alongside Dolittle… which is getting much, much lower praise.

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16-01-2020 01:15, source: cinemablend, by James Foster
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