Will Smith on Filming Bad Boys 4 Amid Vanessa Hudgens' Pregnancy

Hollywood star Will Smith shares filming insights and experiences

by Zain ul Abedin
Will Smith on Filming Bad Boys 4 Amid Vanessa Hudgens' Pregnancy
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Will Smith had some heartfelt words of encouragement for his Bad Boys: Ride or Die co-star Vanessa Hudgens when filming became challenging due to her pregnancy. Filming on the fourth installment of the action-comedy franchise commenced in March 2023 but experienced a significant delay during the SAG-AFTRA actors' strike, which spanned 118 days from July to November 2023.

Hudgens, 35, revealed her baby bump at the 2024 Oscars in March. When filming resumed after the strike, Smith, 55, spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the difficulties her pregnancy posed for the production. "So the strike happened, and when she came back, we had to finish the movie," Smith explained.

"It was really about figuring out how to shoot around [the bump]."

Smith's Praise for Hudgens

Despite the challenges, Smith praised Hudgens, who portrays weapons expert Kelly in the franchise, for her dedication and hard work.

He recalled offering her words of encouragement when stunts became difficult due to her pregnancy. "I told her, 'No, don't worry. You'll always be able to tell your child that they were in this scene with you,'" Smith shared with ET.

Hudgens is expecting her first child with her husband, baseball player Cole Tucker, whom she married in December 2023. The High School Musical alum recently opened up about her decision to skip Coachella for the second year in a row, citing the demanding nature of the event.

"The walking is aggressive. It's a lot of walking," the mom-to-be admitted to Bustle. Bad Boys: Ride or Die is set to hit theaters on June 7, promising fans an exciting continuation of the beloved franchise. Smith and Hudgens' camaraderie on set, even amid the challenges, highlights the strong bond among the cast members and their commitment to delivering an entertaining film.

Stay tuned for more updates on the film and the journey of its stars as they balance their professional and personal lives.

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