Michael Bay, a famous director who is currently on tour for his latest film Ambulance, said Sony doesn’t believe Bad Boys will succeed in an overseas market.
In a chat with Entertainment Weekly, the film’s director revealed that Sony didn’t believe a movie about two black men could sell internationally, so they included the 1995 scenic shot The Jackal. Sony believed a film about two black men would not be profitable overseas, according to the complaint.
“I’ll tell you how this blow happened in Bad Boys. Sony didn’t believe in the movie because two black actors don’t sell overseas. They didn’t believe it. I was watching James Cameron true lies and I’m like, Oh, my God, this guy has so much money. I only have $9 million. And they silenced me, literally. They cut the power. That’s how rude they were on this movie.
What helped Bay the most was his own experience on film sets, where he worked on movies, commercials and other projects and learned “how to deal with assholes.” The director explained that the film’s iconic circular plane was a burst of inspiration.
“For some reason I just took this picture while we were driving. And we did this round move and you stood up and it became a very famous stunt. People try to imitate it, but it was a decisive moment. Bad Boys literally changed the game on black actors. It’s the first film that really traveled abroad.
Bay’s Bad Boys is a buddy action movie starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in the lead roles. The film grossed $15 million in its first weekend and over $65 million worldwide. A sequel, titled Bad Boys II, was released in 2003, along with a prequel titled Bad Bous for Life in 2020.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Eiza González star in the movie “Ambulance,” which is slated to premiere later this year.