Will Smith Admits "Martin" Was Funnier Than "Fresh Prince"

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MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - MAY 31: Martin Lawrence and Will Smith pose during a photoshoot for the movie 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' at Angel de la Independencia on May 31, 2024 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Will Smith labeled Martin Lawrence a "comedic genius."

Will Smith says that he used to study Martin Lawrence in "pure jealousy" of how funny he could be. While sitting down with his Bad Boys: Ride or Die co-star for an interview on Night Cap with Shannon Sharpe and Chad Johnson, Smith discussed which of their two classic sitcoms was funnier. Smith famously starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1996 while Lawrence starred on his iconic self-titled show from 1992 to 1997.

"Martin was hands down funnier than me," Smith said. "Like, I used to study this dude in pure jealousy at the level of comedic genius that he could portray. I'm an actor that needs a script. Martin, you can just roll and say, 'go,' just let it rip and make it up and different takes and all of that, just how he'll use his body and he'll look and notice something in the room and grab it and use it in the next-- it's a level of comedic genius that is stunning to me." From there, Lawrence thanked him for the kind words.

Will Smith & Martin Lawrence Walk Red Carpet For "Bad Boys: Ride Or Die" Screening

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - JUNE 1: Will Smith and Martin Lawrence pose during the red carpet for the movie 'Bad Boys: Ride or Die' at Cinepolis Parque Toreo on June 1, 2024, in Naucalpan de Juarez, Mexico. (Photo by Angel Delgado/Getty Images)

Smith's praise of Lawrence comes as the two are promoting their newest film together, Bad Boys: Ride or Die. The movie hit theaters on this Friday, June 7. In addition to the two comedic legends, it stars Joe Pantoliano, Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Paola Núñez, Jacob Scipio, Eric Dane, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhea Seehorn, Melanie Liburd, Tiffany Haddish, and DJ Khaled.

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