Exclusive: Bad Boys for Life directors shot an "epic" alternate ending

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

Bad Boys for Life spoilers follow.

Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have revealed that they shot numerous endings for the Bad Boys threequel.

Talking to Digital Spy for the home release of Bad Boys for Life, El Arbi and Fallah spoke about the different ways the movie could have ended, including one "epic" alternate take on the climax.

But to go into the differences, spoilers await, so look away now if you haven't seen the movie yet.

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Watch now Bad Boys for Life on Prime Video UK

Bad Boys for Life's climax has an emotional showdown between Mike Lowrey (Will Smith), Isabel Aretas (Kate del Castillo) and Armando Aretas (Jacob Scipio), who has just discovered that Mike is his father.

Isabel accidentally shoots Armando (aiming for Mike), but she is killed before she can shoot Mike. Luckily, Armando isn't fatally injured and is sent to prison.

The reveal that Armando was Mike's son was always in the script, but Fallah explained that the ending changed a lot from that original version they read.

"We had all these different endings, and then with the editing, we used test audiences. You always try to have the feedback of the audience to see which ending was the best. And we got elements of every ending and put them all together," he noted.

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El Arbi added: "We didn’t know how to wrap it up necessarily. So that's why we had to try multiple versions. We did a lot of different versions."

And one of those endings proved to be a favourite for the directors, which saw Isabel kill herself and try to take out Mike in the process.

"When she sees that all is lost, she wants to jump into the fire willingly, and she wants to take Mike Lowrey with her. Because, you know, she thinks the son is dead, so let's all die together," El Arbi explained.

"That was a version that was pretty epic and pretty Greek tragedy. It was too much, maybe [but] we'll never know."

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It's lucky they didn't kill off more people though in an alternate ending as it leads to a credits scene where Mike visits Armando in prison, setting up a potential storyline for Bad Boys 4.

While the directors might not be officially involved in the fourth movie (yet), they did think about all "the different directions you could go" with the next movie.

"You also imagine, like in the Fast & Furious movies, what if they're in another country for a big part of the movie? What happens then, you know? And stuff like that. What if there’s a bigger conflict between both of them?," El Arbi outlined.

"I think that there's a lot of potential with developing the other characters. You start thinking: what if they have an even bigger part in the fourth movie? So all of these elements were playing in the back of our heads when we were shooting."

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Fallah and El Arbi also spoke to Digital Spy about why the movie had to kill off Captain Howard.

Bad Boys for Life is available to download and keep now, and is out on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD on May 25.

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