‘Bad Boys’ script was ‘bad’
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.
The 54-year-old actor reprises his role as Inspector Marcus Burnett in the third film in the
series – which also stars Smith as Detective Lieutenant Mike Lowrey. It comes almost two decades after the release of the 2003 sequel – and he revealed the delay was because the performers felt 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 star felt frustrated at being unable to give fans an answer as to when the film would be released until now.
Lawrence 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?’”
He 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 it, 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