Martin Lawrence Accused Of Almost Giving Actor A Concussion While Filming “Martin”, Described As An Egomaniac: I’ve Never Seen A Star Treat People So Rudely
Actor Chris Williams recalls having an unpleasant experience -back in the 90s- working with Martin Lawrence on “Martin”.
He shared an alleged detailed experience referring to Martin Lawrence as a egomaniac, arrogant and overly aggressive while filming together. In fact, he says he almost got a concussion over a stunt that they did together.
Not only does he claim Martin was rude to him, but to other staff on set, alleging that the comedian had a person walking around fanning him.
This was one of my first guest star roles back in the ‘90s on MARTIN. It was an interesting experience for many reasons: I auditioned and got the job, but on the DAY I was shooting, I had to have a “extra” audition JUST for the egomaniacal Martin Lawrence. He sat at the end of a long table with fingers touching in front of his face across from me and I did the same thing that I booked. It was confusing because I had already been given the job and this was one of my first experiences so I just went along with it. Then when we were on set, he yelled at the person bringing him a NEW water because he had taken a sip out of the last one and had someone following him around with a fan. I had never seen a “star” treat people so rudely. The piece de resistance came when shooting the scene you see here.
First take, when I landed on the floor and was done with the scene as he was beating up the mannequin, out of nowhere I feel the dummy land on me and with all of his weight jumped on me and my head slammed into the ground. I was dazed and confused and almost had a concussion. I didn’t know what was happening. They yelled cut and he got up and walked away. The crew came over to me and helped me up and said : “don’t worry about him. You are just being too funny”. So the second take (seen here) I purposely landed on my side so I could see him coming. He didn’t the same thing but THIS time he punched the dummy on the ground and then punched me twice. This was my first lesson in my acting career that you need to take care of yourself and speak up when someone does something unprofessional. Which I did not. I didn’t know any better. I’ll never forget that day and as you can tell I am NOT a fan of his.
He continues, sharing another alleged unpleasant experience (off set) with Martin Lawrence.
(Then a year later when I was working the door at a club my brother in law @trichemon owned. He gave attitude because he wanted to get in the club and wasn’t on the list. When they let him in, he turned to me and said: “there’s always McDonald’s” as to infer that even though I was doing my job he wanted to belittle me. They made him apologize to me later…) that is my story.
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“Martin” aired from 1992-1997. No word on the exact date that these two actually worked together.
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