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December 2001
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MARTIN LAWRENCE NOT A NICE GUY?

Martin Lawrence has been riding high on movie hits lately, but according to some of the crew who have worked with the actor, Lawrence is not a very nice person, either on and off the set. The actor's lightning temper is quickly becoming a well known "secret" in Hollywood.

A production assistant named Scott Myers is well aquainted with that temper. According to Myers, he was standing outside a private mansion filled with expensive Oriental rugs and had been asked to request those entering to wipe their shoes. As Lawrence approached, ''I kind of mentioned it to his group,'' he said, adding that he had been instructed never to speak directly to Lawrence. ''Martin walked by without wiping his feet and turned around and told me that I should lay down so he could wipe his feet on my 'f---ing back.'" Myers added, ''My bosses came out and said, 'Oh, we should have warned you about that.'''

''I wasn't party to that incident,'' says director Sam Weisman. ''But [Lawrence] is very big on 'Good morning' and 'Hello.' He arrived on the set, it was raining, and apparently the PA didn't say hello. And he got angry.''

Stories about the 36-year-old's tantrums have been piling up in the last several months. But as one person who worked on a Lawrence film said, ''It's like Carl Everett with the Red Sox. You put up with a lot, as long as he's hitting.''

Insiders on his films say Lawrence has pitched fits over wardrobe issues, has refused to rehearse in run-throughs that help other actors, the director and cinematographer and has even asked that basketball facilities be built for him, sometimes in the middle of nowhere, so he can work out during filming.

In Lawrence's defense, producer David Hoberman says the actor is not alone in what he demands and the way he acts. ''There are all kinds of stars [who require] the same things as Martin.''



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