Will Smith Barely Kept It Together When He Met Eddie MurphyOn January 17, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
-It’s really wonderful
having you here, man. -It is great to be here, man. -And it’s very exciting having
you and Martin back together. It’s 25 years
since you did the first one. -25 since the first one, yeah. -What was — Do you remember
when you first met Martin? Was it right around then?
It must have been. -It was — What had happened is
Martin had “Bad Boys” first. So — Well, really —
It’s a long story. Originally, the Bad Boys were
Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz. -A very —
A wildly different film, yeah. -Yes. Wildly different film. -Although I would have loved to
see them do one 25 years later. -I know, right?
-Yeah. -So they had it. So basically they fell out,
and then Martin had it. And, you know, Martin wanted me
to be in the movie with him, so he called me over,
and we had dinner at his house, and that was really
the first time that we met. And he is hilarious.
-Yeah. -You guys, you’re
going to love this movie. He — It has not missed a beat. Our chemistry is right back.
It’s right there. -You can tell from the —
What — I mean, again — I guess it was 17 years
since the second one. -Since the second one, yeah. -You take a break, and then
you take an even longer break. What made you want
to come back to it now? -You know, it’s — You know, I
mean, people liking sequels now. -Yeah, that’s true.
-You know, people like sequels. -You’ve always noticed trends.
-Yeah, yeah. -You’re very good
at spotting trends. -You know,
you make a couple movies that people
don’t want to go see, then you just sort of start
making what they want to go see. [ Laughter ] [ Applause ] -Gotcha.
-Yeah, you just make — -So it’s not — In the end,
it’s not that tricky. -Yeah. No. You know,
what happened was it was — You know, for years, people
walk up to me on the street, and of all the movies
that I’ve made, it’s like — “Bad Boys” was the one that
people would say the most, “Hey, man,
when you gonna do another one? When you doing another?”
You know. Nobody’s walking up and saying, “Man, I can’t wait to see
‘Pursuit of Happyness 2.'” You know.
-Hasn’t come up. -“I want to see
how he turned out.” Yeah. Nobody’s saying that. -Well, I mean, the nice thing is
that — And, again, you got — You know, the chemistry
between two people, that doesn’t get old. -Yeah, and you can’t —
you can’t buy it. You can’t fake it.
-Right. -It’s like you either
have that thing with somebody or you don’t. And, you know,
we hit it that first day. It was right back. There are some laugh-out-loud
screamers in this movie. There are some things that —
And there’s a lot of — We haven’t given a lot away
in the trailers, So the movie’s gonna be really
new for people when they see it. A lot of times, you gotta give
it all away in the trailer. -Right. Well, it’s nice
because people come into it, they understand
the core idea behind it. So you can hold
a little back from them. -Yeah, but there’s
some great ones. -You shot it Atlanta.
-In Atlanta, yeah. -At the Tyler Perry Studios
that he built. -Yes, exactly.
-They actually dedicated — One of the studios
is named after you, yeah. -Yeah, that was fantastic. We went down there, and Tyler — He really has made
one of the most magnificent sound studios in the country. And, you know, he named one
after me, and that was a — That was a real honor, man,
to walk down there. You know, I just — You know,
when we were down there, I was down there
with a bunch of people. So, you know,
I just walk on my soundstage, make sure they ain’t doing
nothing I disapprove of. -Right. Of course.
You have that power now. -“Hey, what y’all
shooting in here?! What y’all shooting in here?! Hey, I don’t want
no funny business!” -You — You mentioned
that it is one of the most incredible soundstages
in the country. And one of the benefits of that
is while you guys are shooting things, other movies
are happening. -Yeah, yeah, yeah.
-And you posted this photo. Because “Coming to America 2”
was also — So this just gives you a sense
of who you can run into. -Yeah, that was fantastic. Yeah. -I think this last month,
obviously, we all remembered exactly how much we cared
about Eddie Murphy. You know what I mean?
-Oh, my goodness. -When he was on “SNL.”
-Yes, yes. -And I think you’re that
to a lot of people. Like, when people see Will
Smith, they can’t believe it. Are you that way with Eddie?
Like, when you see Eddie? -Listen, when I see Eddie,
it’s full little boy. -Yeah.
-I go — It’s full — [ Squealing ]
-Yeah. -You know, trying
to hold it together. That’s the godfather
right there, man. -Yeah.
-He’s just — He’s the one. -You also posted
an Instagram video. And we took a little edit of it,
’cause I really think it proves exactly how funny
Eddie Murphy is. -Oh, you got — Yeah. -Yeah, let’s take a look
real quick. -It’s hard to beat this.
It’s hard to beat this. That’s right there.
That’s right there. That’s iconicism.
That’s iconicism. -I’m glad this video
ain’t scratch-and-sniff. -[ Laughs ] -Y’all would really know
what’s going on. [ Laughter ] -That’s fantastic, man.
-Yeah. [ Cheers and applause ] Yeah. No, it was interesting. Eddie, he was spending
some time in his trailer. -Yeah, he was spending
some time in his trailer. Probably going over his lines.
-Going over his lines. You know, it was his private
time. You know, so…