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Will Smith hails ‘aggressive’ ‘Bad Boys: Ride or Die’

The Oscar-winning star says the film’s creative team was inspired by the original ‘Lethal Weapon’ movie
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Will Smith has lauded the “aggressive” creative approach taken in Bad Boys: Ride or Die.

The actor and co-star Martin Lawrence return as Miami detectives Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett, respectively, in the fourth installment of the buddy cop series. Smith said that brave choices have been made in the latest picture.

“It has to feel like it’s earned the right to be a movie today. I always hate when you see sequels that are victory laps. In Ride or Die we’re taking some really aggressive creative shots,” Smth said in an interview with Empire.

Smith and Lawrence took inspiration from the original Lethal Weapon film in terms of “pushing the envelope” of character exploration in an action blockbuster.

“We wanted to push the envelope of how much life experience and age specificity you can put into these movies. With this movie, we’re being really aggressive in stretching what you can do in a summer action movie. There’s a spiritual aspect to it that I think people will be like, ‘Okay, that’s an interesting evolution for Marcus’ character,'” the King Richard star said.

Lawrence has also teased that the new flick — which is set for release next month — will be “different” from the previous films.

“They found something interesting and different from all the movies we’ve done. In four, you’re gonna see something different,” the “Martin” star said.

Lawrence also revealed that he is happy to keep coming back for more Bad Boys movies as long as Smith is involved.

“I’m going to carry on as long as my brother carries on. It’ll be very hard to get rid of me,” he explained.

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