Martin Lawrence Says Will Smith’s Oscar Slap Won’t Stop ‘Bad Boys 4’

The Bad Boys the franchise can’t and won’t stop because of Will Smith’s Oscar slap in the face. It is the word of Martin Lawrence who said Ebony magazine in a recent article that the fourth film is moving forward despite speculation it could be shelved after Smith slapped Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Oscars.

“We have at least one more,” Lawrence said, noting that the franchise may even continue beyond a fourth film.

The last installment of the franchise, bad boys for lifee, opened on January 17, 2020 to huge numbers and topped the weekend box office.

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Despite debuting just weeks before the nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns began, the film went on to earn $206 million domestically, according to box office mojo.

The Sony buddy cop sequel starred Smith and Lawrence as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett.

The film also starred Joe Pantoliano, Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton, Kate del Castillo, Paola Nuñez, Bianca Bethune and King Bach. The action sequel was directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence attend the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Bad Boys for Life’ on January 14, 2020. (Credit: Eric Charbonneau)

The first film in the franchise, Bad Boysarrived in theaters in 1995. bad boys II debuted in 2003, but the third film didn’t arrive until 17 years later.

Smith said bad boys for life took so long to hit theaters because some of its previous sequels weren’t that great, and it didn’t want to make the same mistake again.

“I didn’t want to make it a cash grab,” the actor and producer says Tonight’s show host Jimmy Fallon in 2020. “I had dabbled in a few of my last sequels. I was not satisfied with men in black sequel and I really wanted to make sure it was a standalone movie that people would have a whole new experience with.

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