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Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

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by Courtney
December 23, 2012 5:32 PM
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On August 27, 1992, Martin aired its very first episode on Fox, on its way to a 5-season run, finally closing down on May 1, 1997.

Martin LawrenceTisha Campbell, Tichina ArnoldThomas Mikal FordCarl Anthony Payne II, and Garrett Morris made up the series starring cast for most of its 5 seasons - a series that was one of Fox's highest-rated shows during its entire run.

It was during a period in the early to mid-1990s when Fox attracted many African American eyeballs, with a lineup that included (in addition to Martin), Living Single, In Living Color, and New York Undercover - shows that were some of the highest-rated among black households for some of those years.

Eventually, it all came to an end, 5 seasons later, in 1997, when it was reported that tension began to build between Campbell and Lawrence, leading to Campbell filing a lawsuit against Lawrence and HBO, stating that Lawrence was mentally unstable and had begun to sexually harass her. After some legal tanglings, Campbell would eventually leave the show permanently, and it was soon after that, in early 1997, that Fox dropped the show, for good.

15 years later, there's been talk about a potential reunion, which I think we've written about on this site. However, this is the first that I'm hearing about any talk of a movie based on the series.

In an interview with Sway on December 18, co-star Tichina Arnold is asked to address all the talk about a possible reunion, and she drops a line about the idea for a movie which she and Martin discussed previously.

She said that she and Martin talked about doing a Martin movie about a year ago, but obviously, nothing has come of that yet; she added that hopefully they can "pull it together" and that "it's just a matter of doing it.

She seems like she really wants to do it, but she also cautions that she wouldn't want to rush into a movie and it ends up being a flop.

I think a Martin movie or reunion are both highly unlikely at this point. I could see a reunion show happening, but what would a Martin movie be about? Would a studio fund it? Also are Tisha Campbell and Martin Lawrence on speaking terms now, for her to want to come back to a reunion or do a movie based on the show?

What do you guys think about the prospect of a Martin movie?

The entire interview follows below:

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62 Comments

  • danie | August 6, 2014 12:52 AMReply

    Please please please try to make a serious attempt at reuniting the cast of the Martin show. This was a show that I have grown up on though it may have aired before my birth it is a show that i have watched and my family watch till this day. We love Martin!

  • Thabo sekudu | August 2, 2014 9:08 PMReply

    I would love to see that happen. The sitcom reminds me of my ex-girl, we used to love martin.. "Jerome is in the house"

  • michelle stephens | August 2, 2014 1:01 AMReply

    I love Martin i wish they would get back together. That would be wonderful

  • Michelle stephens | August 2, 2014 12:58 AMReply

    I lovw the movie lucy it was good

  • Cowen | July 28, 2014 1:09 PMReply

    Please

  • ALAYSIA | May 30, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    HOW OLD ARE YOU

  • ALAYSIA | May 30, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    HOW OLD ARE YOU

  • ALAYSIA | May 30, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    HOW OLD ARE YOU

  • ALAYSIA | May 30, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    HOW OLD ARE YOU

  • ALAYSIA | May 30, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    HOW OLD ARE YOU

  • ALAYSIA | May 30, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    HOW OLD ARE YOU

  • ALAYSIA | May 30, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    HOW OLD ARE YOU

  • ALAYSIA | May 30, 2014 12:41 AMReply

    HOW OLD ARE YOU

  • Frank mitchell | May 28, 2014 2:49 PMReply

    That's my show for real though get at me

  • Frank mitchell | May 28, 2014 2:49 PMReply

    That's my show for real though get at me

  • Frank mitchell | May 28, 2014 2:49 PMReply

    That's my show for real though get at me

  • Robert | April 20, 2014 6:33 AMReply

    Reunion, yes. Movie, NO. I was a big fan of the show, but nearly 20 years later, they won't be able to pull off the same things they did back then.

  • Robert | April 20, 2014 6:33 AMReply

    Reunion, yes. Movie, NO. I was a big fan of the show, but nearly 20 years later, they won't be able to pull off the same things they did back then.

  • kevin Brown | April 19, 2014 1:49 AMReply

    i would love to see the cast of martin together once again for a reunion or show i don't know if they will make a movie though it would be nice though it'd feel like the 90's all over again :)

  • LaVerne B | April 6, 2014 9:04 AMReply

    Love Martin dearly.What ever he decide to do I`ll be there to watch it. Martin you are wonderful. Be encouraged. Much LOVE

  • LaVerne B | April 6, 2014 9:04 AMReply

    Love Martin dearly.What ever he decide to do I`ll be there to watch it. Martin you are wonderful. Be encouraged. Much LOVE

  • LaVerne B | April 6, 2014 9:03 AMReply

    Love Martin dearly.What ever he decide to do I`ll be there to watch it. Martin you are wonderful. Be encouraged. Much LOVE

  • LaVerne B | April 6, 2014 9:03 AMReply

    Love Martin dearly.What ever he decide to do I`ll be there to watch it. Martin you are wonderful. Be encouraged. Much LOVE

  • LaVerne B | April 6, 2014 9:03 AMReply

    Love Martin dearly.What ever he decide to do I`ll be there to watch it. Martin you are wonderful. Be encouraged. Much LOVE

  • Mike | March 14, 2014 1:31 PMReply

    It would be nice to see a reunion or movie. The only one I can see playing Gina besides Tisha is Wendy Raquel Robinson because she can play the educated role like she did as Principal Greer on the Steve Harvey show and she can also be ghetto like Tasha Mack on The Game.

  • LELE | March 13, 2014 1:15 AMReply

    Yes A movie would be great!!! A show would be better!! Love Martin!!

  • LELE | March 13, 2014 1:14 AMReply

    Yes A movie would be great!!! A show would be better!! Love Martin!!

  • LELE | March 13, 2014 1:14 AMReply

    Yes A movie would be great!!! A show would be better!! Love Martin!!

  • LELE | March 13, 2014 1:14 AMReply

    Yes A movie would be great!!! A show would be better!! Love Martin!!

  • tonya bruner | March 3, 2014 3:22 PMReply

    Please bring the show back or make a movie. Martin and Gina has brought my husband and I very close. Yes it would be hard to find another Gina. Martin please bring the show back.

  • tonya bruner | March 3, 2014 3:22 PMReply

    Please bring the show back or make a movie. Martin and Gina has brought my husband and I very close. Yes it would be hard to find another Gina. Martin please bring the show back.

  • tonya bruner | March 3, 2014 3:22 PMReply

    Please bring the show back or make a movie. Martin and Gina has brought my husband and I very close. Yes it would be hard to find another Gina. Martin please bring the show back.

  • tieesha | January 27, 2014 1:36 PMReply

    I loved the show! I really believe there should be a reunion. If an apology and forgiveness have not been established then u can still reproduce a reunion movie get a Gina look alike...even though there's only one Gina (Tisha) but we don't want to pour salt on an open wound if there is still hurt and pain.ijs. I love the entire cast

  • lexi | January 5, 2014 1:54 PMReply

    Bring back martin. That will always be my show and millions of people would love to see everyone back with eachother again. BRING MARTIN BACK

  • anthony gomer | December 24, 2013 7:56 PMReply

    Yes! Please bring a special series with all the original cast or a movie it would make millions in including the production crew. Big big money!!!! Very funny people.

  • South Cat | November 15, 2013 7:51 AMReply

    Yes, I think they should make comback!! That would shock everybody and everybody would watch it.

  • Ms. Dee | November 3, 2013 5:42 PMReply

    Tichina, Tisha and Martin Lawrence make a come back… That would be BIG, BIG, BIG hit for TV and this can happen! Just let the chips fall where ever they lay…

  • bobuubutt | August 23, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    No!!!! It's over! Just move on!!!!

  • Rich | July 30, 2013 8:28 PMReply

    I hope Martin and Tisha can forgive each other and fun making the Martin Show like they use to. A reunion would be great!!

  • John | January 12, 2014 10:48 PM

    Stop hating!!

  • John | January 12, 2014 10:48 PM

    Stop hating!!

  • Ike | July 2, 2013 10:36 PMReply

    A Jerome character based movie would be great!!!!!!

  • Tanica | June 25, 2013 7:41 PMReply

    I would love for the show to have a reunion. Martin is the best show ever. I feel like if Martin don't want to work with Tisha, she can be replaced. Martin made the show anyway.

  • tara scott | May 7, 2013 12:18 AMReply

    I would love to see a Martin reunion show with the original cast.

  • kayla | April 14, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    I really hope they could do a reunion show or something, but i'm confused, i thought martin and tisha are at good terms because he was even invited to her wedding? ....

  • Jason cruize | April 1, 2013 1:14 PMReply

    I wish Martin and tisha would let that bad blood settle, they were the best couple sitcom ever, till this day I can watch the re-runs everyday and still laugh!!! I would love to see a re-union especially with them being more mature. Please let it happen!!!!

  • getthesenets | March 25, 2013 3:39 PMReply

    No need for reunion show

    they had a finale...and Martin was in a fog the last season....offscreen stuff just had a cloud over him.......he sapped any fun out of watching the last season


    funny thing is.....the joke was that.....after Martin ended ..everybody finally found out what Tommy did for a living.....

    he was a cop who headed a special squad on NY Undercover

  • Born Magnetic Allah | March 25, 2013 3:06 PMReply

    A "Martin" movie would NOT be a good idea... TV? Maybe...but a full fledged, 1 1/2 - 2 hour movie?? Nah...I'd wish them the best, because I love all the characters, but I'd have to catch it on cable. What could a movie do that couldn't be done with a one hour special on TV? I'll pass...

  • Shawndell Rivers | March 23, 2013 3:34 PMReply

    Martin Big Return Show In The Future I Hope So.

  • Jervon | March 23, 2013 2:18 PMReply

    A Movie Wouldnt Be Good Idea , Because Of Former Issues With certain cast members people will feel akward it wont feel like in the 9O's but a M A R T I N Reuion Would Be Great To See All Cast Members Keepen it real .

  • Kelvin | December 29, 2012 3:52 AMReply

    I don't think a movie would be a good idea at all. The reaspn i say this is because all these actors want to break away from their former roles. I mean for christ sakes we're about to crossover into 2013 y'all. However i would like to atleast see a reunion though to finally put this series to rest. BTW this was one of my fave series of the 90's

  • Kawika | December 25, 2012 4:16 PMReply

    I don't think "MARTIN" needs this. I think the Action films with Will Smith were a step in the right direction for "HIM" and his "FANS". The show was a vehicle for clowning Blue-collar Black Men and I think the Brother has every right to heft a fat middle finger to it - even though it was the best sit com EVER. You want to move on from things like that. The 90s are over and certain stuff isn't interesting anymore. Or relevant. eh....... I got the DVDs, and everyone knows they couldda left out the last season! NOW THAT WAS FUNNY!!!!!! LOL!

  • tanycha | December 25, 2012 3:34 PMReply

    I would support a special, maybe a holiday special for 2013. It would be interesting to see if the chemistry between cast members is still exists. An interesting plot or point: All the main characters matured in their family status (with Cole & Shirley as parents of a couple of children, and Martin & Gina adopting their first child) Tommy is a successful whatever, single still hot on Pam, who is the talented owner of a media company. Yeah, I would like to see something like this.

  • ChgoSista | March 25, 2013 3:32 PM

    That would be Cole and Shanise--not Shirley. Sorry for the correction; the "Martin-ologist" in me couldn't let that faux pas ride. ;-)

  • Jay | December 28, 2012 10:50 AM

    Cole and Shirley broke up remember??? Cole got engaged to another woman in the last episode.

  • Micah | December 24, 2012 3:45 AMReply

    I love this woman. She is actually more talented than she gets credit for. Martin is a very talented guy but he did go off the deep end once or twice. Who knows maybe time and talk can heal wounds. At that point maybe Tisha would consider a reunion.

  • ALM | December 23, 2012 8:16 PMReply

    Doubt it will happen because of Tisha Campbell. Has anyone heard that Tisha made similar harassment claims against Damon Wayans based on their interactions on the "My Wife and Kids" set?

  • ChgoSista | March 25, 2013 3:34 PM

    REALLY? Hadn't heard she made accusations against DAMON, TOO! Hmmm....

  • Akimbo | December 26, 2012 5:30 PM

    Nope. Sounds untrue.

  • Ayanna Costa | December 23, 2012 6:29 PMReply

    I'm sorry for the words I spelled incorrectly, but I'm sure you understand what I was trying to articulate :-)

  • C | December 24, 2012 7:07 AM

    Words spelled incorrectly? NO, your grammar....there's a difference :/

  • Ayanna Costa | December 23, 2012 6:28 PMReply

    I certainly see you point about the show as far as a Reunion special or a Reunion special show but I don't know what the movie would be about. I also wondered about Martin and Tisha and would she would be on board. I doubt this but he would be nice to see the whole cast together even if it is just a special .

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