A minute with: Martin Lawrence talking "Big Mommas"

Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:45am EST
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Martin Lawrence has starred in big-budget action flicks like "Bad Boys" and motorcycle riding comedy "Wild Hogs," but his most famous role may be one in which he portrays a woman in his "Big Momma" movies.

Martin portrays an FBI agent who dresses as a no-nonsense female who goes by Big Momma in order to catch the crooks. He reprises that role in "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son," which debuts on Friday. Lawrence sat down to talk with Reuters about the new movie, and the role.

Q: Why reprise this character for the third time?

A: "Because I enjoy playing her. Big Momma is an endearing character, she's lovable, smart, funny, spicy, in your face attitude, she can kick some butt."

Q: Which of her traits do you like best.

A: "The humor. It's her humor, her mannerisms, the way she says things, the funny things she says."

Q: Is that improv or how much do you go off the script?

A: "Some things are on the script but a lot is improv."   Continued...