Will Smith Learned He’s No Tom Cruise While Filming Bad Boys for Life
-You posted this photo,
or someone posted this photo. This is backstage.
This is on set. -Oh, man, yeah. -And you ran into
the “Coming to America” sequel. -Yeah.
-Wesley and Eddie Murphy. -That’s the black Mt. Rushmore. [ Laughter ] [ Cheers and applause ] -That’s fantastic.
It really is, man. -Man, that day was so beautiful.
-Where were you? -So, we’re — That’s
at Tyler Perry’s Studios. And we didn’t know each other.
-How is that studio? -It is fantastic.
-He’s the best. -We didn’t know each other
were going to be there. They were finishing up
“Coming to America 2.” -Yeah.
-And we were finishing up “Bad Boys.” And it was a knock on the door. And it was Wesley. And we’re like, “Ohh!”
So we were hanging. He was like, “Yo, let’s go knock
on Eddie’s door.” So we went over
and knocked on Eddie’s door. And it was like — It was just
one of those beautiful moments, the four of us there at the newly opened
Tyler Perry Studios, which, you know, used to be
a former Confederate army base. -Yes.
-You know, that’s been transformed into
Tyler Perry Studios. So, yeah.
-Isn’t that great? -That was fantastic. -Yeah, that’s pretty cool.
-That was fantastic. -Have you known —
Have you known Eddie? -Yeah, I met Eddie when I first
came to L.A., you know? Eddie’s one of those dudes that is like the standard
of excellence, you know? So every young comedian, black actor, you know, you want
to test yourself against Eddie. -Yeah.
-You want to see — But he is the truth, man. -Did you see him on “SNL”?
Did you see him host? -Yes. He —
-He was great. -Love that guy.
-He crushed it. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-Love that guy. -Let’s set the stage.
“Bad Boys for Life.” What’s happening now?
-“Bad Boys for Life.” Alright, so, it’s 25 years later
from the first movie. And what we tried to do
that was really critical and important to me is not try
to just do the old movies again. I was like, you had to take
into consideration the time, had to take into consideration how the characters
would have grown. And the reason it took so long
is because I didn’t want to — I didn’t want to make it
just as a cash grab, you know? “Hey, everybody loves sequels.
Let’s just do a sequel.” -Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, no.
-You know, and I — You know, I had fumbled a couple
of my last sequels, you know? I just — I wasn’t happy
with the “Men in Black” sequel. And I just really wanted to make
sure that this was a stand-alone film that people would have
a real, brand-new experience in. -People are buzzing. It’s crazy.
I mean, the trailer alone. I was like, “Oh, they’re back.
This is so much fun.” -Yeah, it’s fantastic.
Y’all going to love it. And I — Yo. [ Cheers and applause ]
And I say that a lot. I say that a lot.
I’m gonna keep it real. Sometimes I say,
“Y’all gonna love it,” and y’all not gonna love it.
[ Laughter ] You know, ’cause
sometimes I’ve seen it, and I know you’re not —
y’all not gonna love it, but it’s an expensive movie.
But — So — But this time — This movie is out of here.
It is so good. If you liked the first two
at all, there are scenes
in this movie — ’cause it’s really
about friendship and about the reality
of what it’s like when somebody’s life
takes a different turn. -Yeah.
-You’re ready to go one way, and your partner’s ready
to go another direction. -At this point,
you’re family, really. -Yeah, and it’s like, there are
some really powerful scenes about friendship and some of the funniest stuff
you are ever gonna see. Martin Lawrence is genius
comedic in this film. -Oh, my gosh. There’s also a little part
in the movie, too, where, like, you’re like —
-Don’t give nothing away! -No, I won’t give — -Oh, geez. Spoiler alert. -No.
-What are you doing? -But you feel like —
-You’ve gone mad! [ Laughter ]
-No, I wouldn’t do that. I wouldn’t do that.
But there’s — where you’re kind of feeling
like you’re older. -Yeah, yeah.
-And almost, like, a mid-life type of crisis thing. But you look so young, though.
Do you feel — -I’m trying to hang on.
I’m trying to hang on. Yeah, nah, there were a couple
of the action sequences that I was like, “Ooh!”
You know? ‘Cause I started, and I told myself
I was doing all of my stunts. I was doing, you know,
Tom Cruise that was just hanging
on the side of a airplane. -Yes.
-At 50. I was like, “Man, I’m better
than Tom Cruise.” -Yeah! Do it!
-And I did like two stunts. And I was like, “I’m not better
than Tom Cruise.” [ Laughter, applause ] -“I’ll let him — I’ll let him do that.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I want to show everyone a clip. Here’s Will Smith
in “Bad Boys for Life.” Take a look at this. -Whoa! [ Tires squealing ] -I’m putting your seatbelt on.
-Yeah. -That’s how we do it now.
-Yeah, you’re damn right. -Oh, my — Overtown’s a no-go. He got people here,
dangerous people. -We’re dangerous people. [ Yelling ] -You might want to pull over
for a minute. I need to tell you something.
-Pull over. Are you gonna pull over?
-Yeah, yeah. -Okay, give me one second.
Let me see — Wait. Pull over. I just need to pull over
for a second! Man, can we get a time-out? [ Cheers and applause ] -Will Smith, everybody!