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Michael Bay claims Sony thought ‘Bad Boys’ would bomb with 2 black stars



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Sony Photos allegedly thought “Unhealthy 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 imagine within the film, as a result of [they said] two black actors don’t promote abroad,” 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 cash. I’ve solely $9 million.

“They’d no religion in it,” Bay continued. “They shut me down, actually. They shut the facility off. That’s how impolite they had been on this film.”

The director then sassily acknowledged: “Fortunately, I had 500 days of movie set expertise doing movies, commercials, working with a number of the most well-known athletes on this planet, and that’s the place you actually, actually know the best way to cope with a–holes.”

“Unhealthy Boys” turned a box-office blockbuster, grossing greater than $141 million worldwide.

Bay directed the 1995 motion flick starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (pictured).
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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, “Unhealthy Boys For Life,” was launched in 2020 — however Bay was not concerned.

In the meantime, plans for a fourth flick have reportedly been put on hold amid the fallout from Smith’s assault of comedian Chris Rock finally month’s Oscars.

“Unhealthy Boys” was the primary characteristic movie directed by Bay. He went on to direct mega-hits together with “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Transformers.”

The Publish has contacted Sony Photos for touch upon Bay’s claims.

Michael Bay attends the premiere of "Ambulance" at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, California, on April 4, 2022.
Michael Bay directed Will Smith in “Unhealthy Boys” and “Unhealthy Boys II.”
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Bay isn’t the one director to have allegedly been informed by a movie studio that they had been cautious about having Smith — a black man — in a lead position.

Final yr, “Independence Day” director Roland Emmerich informed The Hollywood Reporter that twentieth Century Fox was anxious about casting Smith in that 1996 film.

“The studio mentioned, ‘No, we don’t like Will Smith. He’s unproven. He doesn’t work in worldwide [markets],’” Emmerich claimed.

The film’s producer moreover alleged: “They mentioned, ‘You solid a black man on this half, you’re going to kill international [box office].’”