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Will Smith & Martin Lawrence Debut "Bad Boys for Life" on South Beach

Posted at 11:08 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 11:15:07-05

The 'bad boys' Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back together for one last ride in the third "Bad Boys" film. The franchise’s original installment premiered 25 years ago and was followed by the sequel in 2003.

Martin Lawrence (as Marcus Burnett): "Mike, we got more time behind us than in front."

Will Smith (as Mike Lowrey): "Please I'm going to be running down criminals until I'm 100."

Melissa Marrero to Smith & Lawrence: "I heard you [Smith] were the reason why it took so long [17 years] for the third movie to come out!"

Lawrence: "To his credit, he [Smith] just wanted script to be right."

Smith: "Yeah, this was our baby. "Bad Boys" was the first movie that launched our cinematic careers, so I had messed up a couple of other sequels in my career and I just didn't want to do that with this one. I wanted this to feel like a first movie that was brand new, that reinvigorated the franchise and that made people want to see another one and that took a couple years."

In "Bad Boys for Life", detectives Mike Lowrey played by Will and Marcus Burnett played by Martin team up to take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel, as they join the newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami Police Department.

Smith and Lawrence were among a bevy of stars who attended the premiere at the regal south beach theater in Miami Beach Sunday.

Marrero to Nicky Jam: "You play the villian, right? Tell me about your character."

Nicky Jam: "I'm one of the bad boys. Apart from that, I show another side of Nicky Jam, as you can see is a goofy guy but in this movie I'm more of a bada**."

Marrero to DJ Khaled: "I heard you were so excited to be part of this film, you showed up weeks before you were needed on set."

DJKhaled: "I met with Jerry Bruckheimer four years ago and we kept in touch."

Not only is Khaled in the film as Manny the Butcher, the Miami DJ also produced the soundtrack.

DJ Khaled: "I'm a big fan of the film. I grew up with this film so I'm grateful for the opportunity."

Smith and Lawrence made a quick visit to Pitbull’s charter school SLAM that Sunday morning, where Miami Mayor Francis Suarez presented the duo with the keys to the city during their visit. Suarez, along with Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina, also named Smith and Lawrence honorary police officers and presented them with their badges.

The movie comes out January 17 and is rated "R".