Seth Rogen helped Judd Apatow rewrite Bad Boys II

Seth Rogen has revealed he helped Judd Apatow rewrite Michael Bay’s action sequel Bad Boys II.The epic follow-up to 1995’s Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has become a cult classic since its release in 2003, thanks to its enormous se…

Seth Rogen has revealed he helped Judd Apatow rewrite Michael Bay’s action sequel Bad Boys II.

The epic follow-up to 1995’s Bad Boys, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, has become a cult classic since its release in 2003, thanks to its enormous set-pieces, a fast-paced storyline, and plenty of comedy gags.

On Tuesday, days before the release of Bad Boys For Life, film writer Eric Vespe debated the pros and cons of the hit sequel with his followers, which prompted Rogen to join in and make his surprising confession.

“I helped rewrite bad boys 2,” he replied, leading to scores of Twitter users demanding more information from the Long Shot star.

Rogen went on to explain in a follow-up tweet that he and longtime writing partner Evan Goldberg were hired by director and friend Apatow to help him out with the script.

“Judd was rewriting it and me and Evan were broke so he gave us a bit of money to help,” he added. “I don’t remember much but we all definitely wrote the joke where they don’t know the words to the song, and where Martin shoots the machine gun in the car by accident. And probably many more…”

The script for Bad Boys II was originally written by Ron Shelton, who penned other classics such as White Men Can’t Jump, along with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation writer Jerry Stahl. Apatow was not officially credited for his work.

Apatow first began working with Rogen and Goldberg on the short-lived 2001 Fox sitcom Undeclared, in which the Knocked Up star appeared in alongside Jay Baruchel and Charlie Hunnam.

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence scrapped stunt plans for Bad Boys sequel

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence abandoned plans to do all of their own stunt work in the new Bad Boys movie after realising they were no match for professionals.The pals have reunited for Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited third and final film in the b…

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence abandoned plans to do all of their own stunt work in the new Bad Boys movie after realising they were no match for professionals.

The pals have reunited for Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited third and final film in the buddy cop franchise, which began in 1995 and continued with the 2003 sequel, Bad Boys II.

Smith initially wanted the duo to take on as much of the action work as possible, but it didn’t take the stars long to admit they were no longer cut out for the physical toll of the stunt scenes.

“The big change for us (from previous films) was probably the amount of stunt work,” the 51-year-old shared in a joint interview on U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America. “When I started, I was like, ‘We doing all the stunts, we doing everything, every one of these Bad Boys, 25 years later, all the stunts!’ Then like, probably three days in, I looked over to (Lawrence), and was like, ‘Hey, what you thinking?’

“He was like, ‘Yeah, we should probably let the stuntmen earn they money (sic)!'”

Lawrence, 54, acknowledged his larger frame is partly to blame for his lack of fitness, but joked that packing on the pounds was all in preparation to reprise his role as veteran Miami Police Department Detective Marcus Burnett, who becomes a grandfather in the new film.

“I’m a lot heavier (compared to the previous instalments),” he said. “I put on a little more pounds (sic), but it’s for the role…! Method acting!”

Smith, who plays his onscreen partner, Detective Mike Lowrey, quipped, “I was like, ‘Oh, Martin’s really into this character!'”

Bad Boys for Life opens in U.S. cinemas on Friday.

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Ang Lee used footage from Bad Boys to help de-age Will Smith in Gemini Man

Ang Lee used footage from Bad Boys to help de-age Will Smith in his new movie, Gemini Man.The action thriller, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clive Owen, sees Smith play an older hitman who is targeted by a younger clone of himself. Now,…

Ang Lee used footage from Bad Boys to help de-age Will Smith in his new movie, Gemini Man.

The action thriller, which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clive Owen, sees Smith play an older hitman who is targeted by a younger clone of himself.

Now, Lee has revealed that to create a convincing younger-looking Smith, his visual effects team used photos of the actor, as well as the 50-year-old’s work in films such as 1993’s Six Degrees of Separation and Bad Boys, which was released in 1995.

However, the Oscar-winning director explained that while they eventually successfully created Smith’s doppelganger with enormous technological investment and footage from his early movies, they were unable to use the funnyman’s work in his ’90s TV sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

“He wasn’t playing this kind of part,” Lee told Variety. “He played a swaggering, happy-go-lucky guy and here he’s kind of a melancholy fellow.”

The ground-breaking Gemini Man features high frame rates – 60 frames per second to 120 frames per second – and 3D filmmaking, which the 64-year-old previously used in his 2016 drama, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.

But the movie, starring Joe Alwyn and Kristen Stewart, was panned by critics, and some movie theatres in the U.S. were unable to screen the film because of the high frame rates.

“It was quite brutal,” Lee sadly explained. “It wasn’t given a fair shot really.”

He went on to suggest that Sony, the studio behind the film, didn’t fully support the new technology. “They didn’t know what to do with that movie,” he continued. “They had mixed feelings.”

Gemini Man is due to hit cinemas in October.

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Martin Lawrence: ‘Bad Boys post-Michael Bay is going well’

Martin Lawrence isn’t finding it too strange to film the new Bad Boys flick without Michael Bay at the helm.After 16 years away from the franchise and numerous setbacks, Lawrence and Will Smith are returning to their Bad Boys alter egos, Detective Ma…

Martin Lawrence isn’t finding it too strange to film the new Bad Boys flick without Michael Bay at the helm.

After 16 years away from the franchise and numerous setbacks, Lawrence and Will Smith are returning to their Bad Boys alter egos, Detective Marcus Burnett and Detective Mike Lowrey.

Among the hold ups in making the third film has been losing director Joe Carnahan in 2017, and Sony Pictures playing around with the release date. But now production on Bad Boys for Life is in full swing, with Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah at the helm.

“Well, it’s not so strange because Bilall and Adel are doing a great job. It’s just different directors, but we’re still going to bring you that Bad Boys stuff,” Lawrence told Cinema Blend when asked how filming was without Bay.

Filming kicked off in January (19), with a script by Chris Bremner. Carnahan is also still credited as writer on IMDB.

Vanessa Hudgens and Vikings actor Alexander Ludwig are among the new cast members, while Joe Pantoliano is back as Captain Howard.

Many believed the third instalment of the cop-buddy film would never see the light of day, especially after Lawrence shared his doubts months after Carnahan’s departed the project.

“I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything’s turning out,” he told Entertainment Weekly in August 2017. “Will (Smith) is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Bad Boys for Life is slated for a January 2020 release.

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Will Smith and Martin Lawrence revisit Bad Boys films ahead of sequel

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have taken a trip down memory lane and revisited their original Bad Boys movies as they prepare to begin filming the new sequel. The old pals have been trying to turn their dreams of a third instalment of the action come…

Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have taken a trip down memory lane and revisited their original Bad Boys movies as they prepare to begin filming the new sequel.

The old pals have been trying to turn their dreams of a third instalment of the action comedy into a reality for years, and in early October (18), studio chiefs at Sony Pictures were said to be close to signing off on the project, 15 years after Bad Boys II hit theatres.

In November, Will and Martin officially announced their return as Miami Police Department detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, and as they geared up to kick off production on Bad Boys for Life, the actors decided to check out their 1995 original and its 2003 sequel.

“First Day of Shooting tomorrow!” Will wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of himself and Lawrence posing in front of a big screen bearing an old image of the stars in character from the first Bad Boys.

“We watched @BadBoys 1 & 2 together over the weekend. It’s about to be KRAZY (sic)! #badboysforlife”.

This time around, Will and Martin will be joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Riverdale star Charles Melton, and Vikings actor Alexander Ludwig, with the trio portraying a highly-specialised police unit that clashes with Will and Martin’s detective characters as they tackle a new threat in Miami, Florida.

The franchise veterans will also be reunited with original co-star Joe Pantoliano, who was recently confirmed to reprise his longtime role as Captain Conrad Howard.

Rising filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the project, which will be co-produced by movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer, and is set for release in January, 2020.

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Vanessa Hudgens and Charles Melton join new Bad Boys sequel

Actress Vanessa Hudgens and Riverdale star Charles Melton have scored roles alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in their highly-anticipated Bad Boys sequel. Together with The Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig, the trio will portray a highly-spe…

Actress Vanessa Hudgens and Riverdale star Charles Melton have scored roles alongside Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in their highly-anticipated Bad Boys sequel.

Together with The Hunger Games actor Alexander Ludwig, the trio will portray a highly-specialised police unit that clashes with Will and Martin’s detective characters as they tackle a new threat in Miami, Florida, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Titled Bad Boys for Life, the third instalment in the hit action franchise is set to begin production in Miami in January (19).

Rising filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the project, which will be produced by movie mogul Jerry Bruckheimer, among others.

The casting news emerges days after Joe Pantoliano, who starred in the original Bad Boys in 1995 and reprised his role as Captain Conrad Howard for 2003’s Bad Boys II, was confirmed to be returning for the sequel.

The gig will reunite him with Will, playing Miami Police Department Detective Mike Lowrey, and Martin, who returns as his partner, Detective Marcus Burnett.

There’s still no word on whether or not Gabrielle Union will be involved in the new movie; she was introduced as Martin’s onscreen sister, Special Agent Sydney ‘Syd’ Burnett in Bad Boys II, and is currently shooting a TV spin-off set in Los Angeles, called L.A.’s Finest, in which Jessica Alba co-stars.

Bad Boys for Life is set to open in theatres in January, 2020 and it’s sure to be a big hit with fans – to date, the franchise has grossed over $400 million (£316 million) at the global box office.

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