That's right, you heard it here first. Bad Boys 3 has officially started filming today. For years there have been tantalising rumours about this sequel, but the day is finally here. Filming has begun and we can all start preparing ourselves for the car chases and jokes that it's bound to bring.
The first Bad Boys film came out way back in 1995. It was while Martin Lawrence was still involved in his show, Martin. Will Smith was still tearing it up in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
In 2003 they both took up their roles again for Bad Boys II. And now we get to see what they have in store for us with a third film. We can't wait to find out how this one will roll out.
Bad Boys for life.
You heard that right- the Bad Boys franchise is back!After first hitting our screens back in 1995, the US cop duo Bad Boys are back. These Miami cops are returning to our screens to bring us race cars, explosions and a banter-filled bromance.
Will Smith will be back on our screens once more!For years we have been waiting to hear the news that Bad Boys will be returning. In October Will Smith signed a reprisal, making a comeback as Detective Mike Lowrey.
And so will Martin Lawrence!Martin Lawrence is going to be taking up his old role of Marcus Burnett. Maybe he'll even return to playing Marcus Burnett playing Will Smith playing Mike Lowrey... Watching actors imitate each other is always a good laugh.
The first Bad Boys film was released in 1995.Can you believe it; the first Bad Boys film was released way back in 1995? Michael Jordan was still in the NBA, the World Trade Organisation was formed and Ebay began. And most importantly, it was the start of our obsession with Bad Boys.
It was a roaring success1995 was a simpler time. This film was made on a budget of $19m. It was an instant success and made nearly seven times as much, raking in $141.4m worldwide.
How could it not be a success?With Will Smith and Martin Lawrence on screen together it was always like to do quite well. But this was made even more certain when it was directed by Michael Bay and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.
Anybody remember Armageddon ?This was the start of a beautiful friendship for Bay and Bruckheimer. Three years later Armageddon was released. Who will ever forget Bruce Willis stepping out in his space suit?
And then there was Pearl Harbor ...Less than a decade after the release of Bad Boys, Bay and Bruckheimer made explosive movie viewing once again. Pearl Harbor managed to combine heart-breaking moments with more blasts and explosions. It was something of a specialty of theirs.
Will Smith was filming Fresh Prince of Bel-Air at the time.At the same time as filming Bad Boys, Will Smith was still filming the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In fact, Nicky Banks references Bad Boys in the Fresh Prince, and Will Smith manages to keep a straight face.
The original script wasn't the best...Michael Bay has said that he felt the script was lacking in some places. Luckily he had Will Smith and Martin Lawrence to hand. These two actors had no problem with improvising where necessary.
And then there was Bad Boys II !After an eight year hiatus, these comic cops returned to our screens. Same city, same winning team, and same fine-balance of explosions and gags. What's not to like?
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!It might have been eight years later, but there didn't seem to be any reason to change the winning team. Again it starred Smith and Lawrence, and was directed by Bay and produced by Bruckheimer. Although Smith did have a different girlfriend in this one. It’s all in the details.
Ready to bring it on?Bad Boys II meant that it was time for Detective Lowery to have a new girlfriend, who was in fact his partner's sister. Gabrielle Union, from Bring it On and Ten Things I Hate About You, played Lowery's latest love interest in this film.
Times were changing.
It was 2003 and things were different. Ronaldo was just entering the football scene for Manchester United, Lance Armstrong was cycling better than ever and the Concorde was making its final flight. The film had nearly seven times the budget, with $130 million, but it still made as sizeable profit when it took $273.3 million at the box office.