On top of Bad Boys For Life hitting theaters Friday (Jan. 17), Martin Lawrence and Will Smith have one more thing to celebrate this week.
On Sunday (Jan. 12), the Miami Police Department named the two actors, who play Miami cops Make Lowrey and Marcus Burnett in the movie, honorary police officers. The city of Miami also declared Jan. 12 as “Bad Boys For Life Day.”
Smith shared the exciting news on Instagram.
“Been rockin’ with Miami for over 25 years and today me and [Martin Lawrence] got the keys to the city and were officially made honorary Miami Police officers!!” he wrote. “Big thanx [Miami Mayor Francis Suarez] and [Pitbull] (happy BDay) for setting us up!”
Last week, DJ Khaled released the film’s soundtrack tracklist, which includes contributions from Meek Mill, City Girls, Quavo, Rick Ross, Rich the Kid, Bryson Tiller, Jaden Smith, Lil Jon, Pitbull and more.
Lawrence previously opened up about the delay of the third Bad Boys installment during an interview with GQ.
“The script wasn’t right. And Will, to his credit, refused to do the movie until the script was right. It wouldn’t have been a good movie,” he told the outlet. “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.’”
Bad Boys For Life is projected to rake in between $40 and $45 million over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, starting with opening day Jan. 17.
Speaking on “Ellen,” Smith and Lawrence said their Bad Boys chemistry was immediate, despite the 17 years off.
“Just the respect we have for each other, and the love we have for each other,” Lawrence began. “It’s just perfect.”
“Literally the first moment onstage, connecting, it was right back,” Smith agreed.
The duo also discussed using stuntmen in the film, although Smith said he’d tried doing his own stunts at first.
“The first couple weeks… I did like two, and I was like, ‘Sub!” he joked. “I probably got four days into shooting and I was like, yeah, we gonna let the young boy do that.”