Bad Boys 3: “It’s real” says Martin Lawrence

Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, a script for Bad Boys 3 and… almost a cameo for Conan O’Brien


It’s official, a Bad Boys 3 film is in the works. That’s right, Martin Lawrence and Will Smith will be back as unconventional detective duo Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett for more comedy crime-busting action. 


“I just talked to [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday, he says it’s real, they’re working on a script. They’re getting close, it all looks good,” Lawrence told US chat show host Conan O’Brien.

This isn’t the first whisper of a third instalment of Bad Boy action. In July Lawrence marked 11 years since Bad Boys II was in cinemas with a Facebook post asking Will Smith if he was “feelin’” a third film.

It seems Bruckheimer has been trying to make the franchise a trilogy for a while, with Smith’s busy schedule or delays from Sony pushing the project back.

“It’s so funny because we’ll get Sony real excited to make the movie, and then Will [Smith] is off doing two movies. And then, Will will come back and be real excited about it, and Sony will say, ‘Well, maybe it’s not the time for this,’” Bruckheimer told the Independent.

Now that it looks like it’s well and truly on the way, Conan took his chance to ask for a cameo.

“You could play a crooked cop on crack,” Lawrence suggests.

“Yes, I think I was born to play that,” said Conan who, after a bit of over-acting, suggested maybe he’s better suited to a walk-on cameo.

But after Lawrence says he’ll “mention it” to Smith and Bruckheimer, Conan joked, “Ladies and gentlemen, in show business, that’s called a no.”

The original Bad Boys, released in 1995, was one of Will Smith’s first big-screen hits and hinged on the chemistry between him and on-screen cop partner Lawrence. It also marked the directorial debut of Transformer’s director Michael Bay. Bad Boys II arrived eight years later in 2003, again performing well at the box office, despite mostly negative critical reviews.


Viewers in the UK can catch Conan O’Brien’s late night talk show Conan on new free to air channel truTV (11pm Monday-Thursday), on Freeview channel 68, Sky channel 565 and FreeSat channel 154.