Sony Pictures allegedly thought “Bad Boys” was a foul thought.
Director Michael Bay is claiming the studio was cautious of financing his 1995 motion flick starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as a result of they believed the film wouldn’t make financial institution abroad.
“Sony didn’t believe in the movie, because [they said] two black actors don’t sell overseas,” the tea-spilling director alleged in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “I used to be watching James Cameron’s ‘True Lies’ and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this man has a lot money. I’ve solely $9 million.
“They had no faith in it,” Bay continued. “They shut me down, literally. They shut the power off. That’s how rude they were on this movie.”
The director then sassily said: “Luckily, I had 500 days of film set experience doing videos, commercials, working with some of the most famous athletes in the world, and that’s where you really, truly know how to deal with a–holes.”
“Bad Boys” grew to become a box-office blockbuster, grossing greater than $141 million worldwide.
The film spawned a sequel, additionally directed by Bay, which was launched in 2003. That movie went on to make a whopping $273 million throughout the globe.
A 3rd movie within the franchise, “Bad Boys For Life,” was launched in 2020 — however Bay was not concerned.
Meanwhile, plans for a fourth flick have reportedly been put on hold amid the fallout from Smith’s assault of comic Chris Rock eventually month’s Oscars.
“Bad Boys” was the primary characteristic movie directed by Bay. He went on to direct mega-hits together with “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Transformers.”
The Post has contacted Sony Pictures for touch upon Bay’s claims.
Bay isn’t the one director to have allegedly been advised by a movie studio that they have been cautious about having Smith — a black man — in a lead position.
Last year, “Independence Day” director Roland Emmerich advised The Hollywood Reporter that twentieth Century Fox was apprehensive about casting Smith in that 1996 film.
“The studio said, ‘No, we don’t like Will Smith. He’s unproven. He doesn’t work in international [markets],’” Emmerich claimed.
The film’s producer moreover alleged: “They said, ‘You cast a black guy in this part, you’re going to kill foreign [box office].’”