Bad Boys 4: Martin Lawrence stood strong despite Will Smith’s slap controversy

    Revisiting July 2022: Amidst Oscar controversies, Martin Lawrence hinted at another Bad Boys movie, dismissing speculations of cancellation.

    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (Source: WPTV)

    Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (Source: WPTV)

    In a nostalgic rewind, we revisit the Bad Boys film series that skyrocketed actors Martin Lawrence and Will Smith to cinematic heights. And guess what? Lawrence hinted there might be more action-packed adventures in store. Back in 2022, Will Smith’s infamous slap at the Oscars, post a sensitive joke about his wife, grabbed headlines. But Martin Lawrence, the co-star of Smith in the Bad Boys saga, stood firm. Dismissing the rumor mills that spun tales about a probable cancellation of the next Bad Boys due to the incident, Lawrence was optimistic. “I've got one more,” he had confidently declared in an interview.

    Such loyalty and dedication speak volumes about the pair's commitment to their craft. Lawrence also took a moment to reflect on their journey, emphasizing, "For us to come together and prove that we can deliver... that two Black stars, two sitcom stars, could make money at the box office."

    A journey through Bad Boys: From '95 to now

    While the legacy commenced in 1995, it was 2020's Bad Boys for Life that saw Mike Lowrey (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) don their old-school cop hats, combating the kingpin of a Miami drug cartel. The trio of Bad Boys films raked in over $840 million globally, illustrating the duo's unmatched on-screen chemistry.

    By 2020, whispers of a fourth movie circled, with Chris Bremner again at the helm of the script. But the aftermath of the Oscars drama pushed the project into murky waters, with Smith reportedly seeing about 40 pages of the in-progress script before the tumultuous awards night. Speculations persisted, but as of that summer, Lawrence's spirit seemed undeterred.

    Hopeful horizons and the Bad Boys legacy

    Bad Boys has been more than just a film series; it’s a testament to the friendship and camaraderie of its leading men. Regardless of controversies and life's unpredictable curveballs, Lawrence and Smith's shared journey reminds us of the lasting impact of cinematic partnerships.

    So, here we are in 2023, poised at the edge of our seats, hoping that the legacy continues, undisturbed by fleeting controversies. And to that, we say – Ride together, die together. Bad Boys for life.

    (Several parts of the text in this article, including the title, were generated with the help of an AI tool.)