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Martin Lawrence Says He & Will Smith Have ‘At Least’ One More Bad Boys In Them

July 15, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Bad Boys For Life Martin Lawrence Will Smith Image Credit: Columbia Pictures

Martin Lawrence isn’t worried about Will Smith’s Oscar slap scandal hurting the Bad Boys franchise, saying they have “at least” one more in them. Lawrence and Smith returned to the roles in Bad Boys For Life in early 2020, which a big hit before the pandemic hit with $426.5 million worldwide. Of course, a lot has changed then including Smith’s fall in the public eye due to his slap of Chris Rock at the Oscars, which led to his resignation from the Academy and a few of his projects dropping him.

Lawrence was asked about speculation that the franchise’s planned fourth entry would be canceled as a result of the incident during an interview with Ebony Magazine and dismissed the notion, saying, “We got one more at least.” He also discussed the success of the 1995 original, noting that it was a big moment for both of them.

“It was big,” he said. “For us to come together and prove that we can deliver, and we can pull people into the box office—that two Black stars, two sitcom stars, could make money at the box office. I didn’t go to college, so I felt TV was my college years. I felt with movies, I had graduated; it was just different.”

Sony head Tom Rothman confirmed in May that a fourth Bad Boys film was still in development, though no details on the film have emerged yet.