After a wait of more than 15 years, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence will finally be seen back together again in Bad Boys for Life.
The third movie sees the duo reprise their roles as Detectives Lowrey & Burnett, & in a new interview, they've reflected on reuniting and returning to their breakout roles.
"It's so interesting when you come back together on a movie after this long," Smith said. "There's such a deep love for these characters and for this franchise. The first one was 23 years ago, which sounds crazy."
"Well I'm a lot heavier now so it's been 23 years," Lawrence joked.
He added: "I loved one and two, and I just wanted to get back with you again to do it because people need to see us again on camera. We made the characters real and in 3, they're gonna want to just ride with us."
When asked by Zach Baron in a published GQ profile to give the "most concise explanation" for the delay, Lawrence pointed to the script.
"The script wasn't right," he said. "And Will, to his credit, refused to do the movie until the script was right. It wouldn't have been a good movie. We didn't want that. We wanted to do a sequel where people would go, 'Oh, man, that's what I'm talking about. It just gets better.'"
Smith, of course, is known for having a heavy amount of creative input regarding his projects. And back in April of last year, director Joe Carnahan elaborated on how he ultimately left the Bad Boys sequel, suggesting it came down to Smith's vision for the franchise.
After a long wait, the third installment if finally here. And the fans couldn't be more excited.