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

The duo initially wanted to do all of the high-octane stunts themselves.

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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