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

Sony Photographs allegedly thought “Unhealthy Boys” was a foul thought.

Director Michael Bay is claiming the studio was cautious of financing his 1995 movement flick starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence on account of they believed the movie wouldn’t make monetary establishment overseas.

“Sony didn’t think about inside the movie, on account of [they said] two black actors don’t promote overseas,” the tea-spilling director alleged in an interview with Leisure Weekly. “I was watching James Cameron’s ‘True Lies’ and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, this man has loads money. I’ve solely $9 million.

“They’d no faith in it,” Bay continued. “They shut me down, truly. They shut the power off. That’s how rude that they had been on this movie.”

The director then sassily acknowledged: “Fortuitously, I had 500 days of film set experience doing motion pictures, commercials, working with numerous essentially the most well-known athletes on this planet, and that’s the place you truly, truly know the easiest way to deal with a–holes.”

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

Bay directed the 1995 movement flick starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (pictured).
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The movie spawned a sequel, moreover directed by Bay, which was launched in 2003. That film went on to make a whopping $273 million all through the globe.

A third film inside the franchise, “Unhealthy Boys For Life,” was launched in 2020 — nonetheless Bay was not involved.

Within the meantime, plans for a fourth flick have reportedly been placed on maintain amid the fallout from Smith’s assault of comic Chris Rock lastly month’s Oscars.

“Unhealthy Boys” was the first attribute film directed by Bay. He went on to direct mega-hits along with “Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor” and “Transformers.”

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The Publish has contacted Sony Photographs for contact 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 knowledgeable by a film studio that that they had been cautious about having Smith — a black man — in a lead place.

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

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

The movie’s producer furthermore alleged: “They talked about, ‘You strong a black man on this half, you’re going to kill worldwide [box office].’”