Martin Lawrence was a funny guy. He was in movies like Blue Streak, Boomerang, House Party, Life, Nothing to Lose and Wild Hogs yet he slipped from public view around ten years ago. He had his own Fox TV sitcom, hosted Saturday Night Live and toured his stand-up routine but the American funnyman wasn't able to control his mouth or his temper so his career hit the skids just as quickly as it had taken off.
Although a lot of Lawrence's issues can be called "self-inflicted" some of them date back to 7th May 1996. On that day, Lawrence rushed into busy midday Los Angeles traffic screaming at passing drivers. His publicist blamed exhaustion and dehydration but mental health experts attributed his bizarre behaviour to a mental breakdown. Legal issues were said to be the root cause of his mental instability. But those legal issues were of his own making.
Lawrence is definitely what you could call "self-destructive". Back in 1995, the star lashed out and was hospitalised in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a non-profit hospital in LA. A year later, he walked into traffic in LA and screamed at drivers while brandishing a firearm. He claimed, "They're trying to kill me" when he was arrested by police. Again, he was hospitalised but as before, the treatment didn't work. In January 1997, Lawrence's TV co-star Tisha Campbell-Martin filed a lawsuit against him for sexual harassment both on and off set. By the middle of the year, the lawsuit was settled but, in the meantime, Lawrence was arrested for assault in a Hollywood nightclub.
At the age of 34, Lawrence slipped into a coma after collapsing from heat exhaustion while out jogging in 38-degree heat. He was wearing heavy clothing and a plastic suit to help him prepare for his role in Big Momma's House. His breathing was assisted by a ventilator in hospital and doctors said he nearly died. At the time, it was reported that kidney, brain and cardiac damage could have resulted from his mistake but he made a full recovery.
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate
After making a name for himself with the first Bad Boys movie Lawrence took the unusual decision to write, direct and star in a dark romantic comedy A Thin Line Between Love And Hate. Reports from the set suggest that wearing three hats caused the star to lose his cool far too often as he reportedly had a few meltdowns on set and wasn't the sort of director he would choose to be directed by. Again, exhaustion was blamed but it seems his personality was at fault rather than fatigue.
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