‘Boys’ ply U.K. action

Smith, Union, Bay liven pic's preem on the dance floor

LONDON — The ultra-now London eaterie Sketch adopted the vibe of Michael Bay’s new cop actioner “Bad Boys II” with laser projections of Baretta handguns and giant D.E.A. and police logos. After the film’s European preem in London’s Odeon Leicester Square, one of the first partygoers through the doors said, “Wow, this feels just like L.A.!”

Luckily the firepower was all in the music courtesy of the film’s Dr. Dre-assisted soundtrack. Pic’s stars Will Smith and Gabrielle Union along with Bay and uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer kept the celebration going on the dance floor.

Bruckheimer said he was “complimented when a London journalist told me that ‘Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘Bad Boys II’ were the only sequels this year that weren’t flops and I told him, ‘I’d love a piece of a flop like ‘T3.’ The picture’s grossed over $400 million bucks!’ ”

Chatting about the film’s intense, if often comic, violence, Bay says, “I didn’t have any interest in doing a PG-13 movie. It’s not a PG-13 world today. I’m into making a movie where when a guy gets shot, you see that he’s shot.”

Bay says he wants “to do a wide variety of pictures, from small comedies to bigger dramas. I’ve done action and I want to do something else.”

However, when it was pointed out he might want to helm another big actioner to top Gore Verbinski’s “Pirates of the Caribbean,” which surpassed “Armageddon” as Jerry Bruckheimer’s biggest production, Bay laughed and said, “Damn. So I guess I have to beat him.”

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