Martin Lawrence

Comedy Impact Report '08: Bigscreen Big Shots

Between a steady diet of hit features and chart-topping DVD sales from his ’90s sitcom “Martin,” the comic wouldn’t know anything about an economic downturn.

In 2008, Martin Lawrence starred in “Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins” and “College Road Trip,” which collectively earned close to $90 million on U.S. screens.

“College Road Trip” strikes Lawrence as a case of art imitating life. “I have three daughters, all girls. I should be bald soon,” he jokes.

But playing the doting dad onscreen brought its perks: “To have the opportunity to work with someone as talented as Raven-Symone, and do a movie that my kids could watch — I got all the cool points because I was working with Raven.”

Lawrence is waiting for the right script before moving forward with “Martin — The Movie” and hopes to reteam with John Travolta and the boys for a “Wild Hogs” sequel.

“It’s like being able to go to school and have recess — that’s what it feels like when we’re out there riding the bikes,” he says.

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