The Good, the Bad, the Bogus: Movie Sidekicks

Jul 02, 2013 Comments
Good: Martin Lawrence, Bad Boys II

Let's get the sequel conundrum out of the way first. Back in 1995, Will Smith was not yet a proven commodity, so he was second-billed to Martin Lawrence, and the plot revolved around Lawrence's character; Smith was clearly the sidekick. Eight years later, Smith was a worldwide box office star, and Lawrence was… not. Smith took on the lead role, with the plot revolving around him, and Lawrence was pushed back to secondary, sidekick position. It's a significant change that's pulled off with subtlety -- the only subtle thing in the movie!

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