According to TMZ.com, a couple of days ago a prisoner filed a lawsuit against Martin Lawrence and Tyler Perry for the sketch titled Skank Robbers that was featured on the 2010 BET Awards almost two years ago, and was later mentioned to becoming a feature film. In the sketch Martin Lawrence and Jamie Foxx donned their infamous characters from Martin and In Living Color– their perspective shows.
If you saw the sketch you would think that the prisoner has no idea of what he is talking about because Tyler Perry is NOT in the video.
But hold on; we have some news that we are sure you didnt know.
We discovered that when Martin and Jamie first came up with the idea, they did approach Tyler Perry to be in the sketch but he declined. We also hear that because he declined they decided to make it without him and to try to add more punch to it, hence them planning on adding Halle Berry when word of it leaked that they were going to make this into a film.
Now after knowing all of this, what do you think?
Here is the article from TMZ;
Jamie Foxx and Tyler Perry are being sued for $1 million each by a prisoner — who claims the duo jacked his idea for a groan-worthy new comedy … starring Foxx, Perry, and Martin Lawrence … all dressed as women.
In case you haven’t heard … the project is called “Skank Robbers” — a wacky action comedy about two lady bank robbers … with Lawrence’s Sheneneh character from “Martin,” Foxx’s Wanda from “In Living Color,” and according to reports … Tyler Perry‘s Madea … from every bad movie you’ve seen. The project is reportedly in development.
Enter Shamont Lyle Sapp — who, coincidentally, says he’s serving time in Oklahoma for 10 bank robberies — he’s filed a lawsuit, claiming he gave Foxx and Perry the idea for the project … and they cut him out of the action.
According to the docs, Shamont had the idea to unite the three characters in one film — but his version wasn’t a comedy about bank robbers … it was a drama about a mental hospital.
The lawsuit encapsulates Sapp’s idea — “A male white mental patient takes Madea hostage … He deals with phone calls from the negotiators, as Madea actually pleads for her life in a very sad tear-jerking way … Her pleas are to be very sad. No jokes at all.”
Sounds like a blast. Shamont is also suing Fox Broadcasting and producer David Zuckerman for a total of $4 million in damages. Calls to Foxx and Perry’s camps were not returned.
Looks like a bogus suit … Foxx and Martin did a “Skank Robbers” sketch for the BET Awards in 2009 … which aired a month before Sapp even pitched his idea to Perry
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