Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado said it best: Hollywood came to Wynwood on Monday.
Regalado spoke at a block party put on by Warner Bros. Pictures, a raucous way to introduce locals to what the studio hopes to be the summer blockbuster — “Suicide Squad.” The movie, out Aug. 5, is about a group of supervillains/superheroes led by Deadshot (Will Smith) who are recruited on a secret mission for the U.S. government.
The star of the flick was on hand at the rowdy, fun-filled DJ Laz-hosted event, which featured a photo booth, food trucks, giveaways and games. Smith jumped onto a makeshift stage alongside Regalado rapping his classic 1998 single, “Miami,” to cheers and screams.
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“Party in the city where the heat is on,” he sang. “All night on the beach ’til the break of dawn.”
An out of breath Smith then spoke a few words to the crowd before unveiling a huge graffiti-style mural that featured the cast.
“We are very excited to be here today; it’s an absolute pleasure,” said the big-screen superstar, pointing to costars Margot Robbie (his costar in “Focus”), Jay Hernandez (“Crazy/Beautiful”) and Karen Fukuhara (her first film) and director David Ayer.
Then looking at Regalado, Smith added with a laugh: “I’ve always thought of myself as the mayor of Miami, but I guess we can share.”
Indeed the two time Oscar nominee (”Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness”) has spent a lot of time in the Magic City. Back in 1995, he and Martin Lawrence starred in the smash hit “Bad Boys,” then its sequel in 2003. He later said on a red carpet set up inside R House Wynwood restaurant that the two men were looking to reunite here to do No. 3 of the buddy cop thriller and maybe even 4.
“I have such fantastic memories,” said Smith. “Back when we did ‘Bad Boys,’ [my TV show] ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ was at its height and ‘Martin’ was at its height. It was perfect timing for us both and we were living it.”
Smith also has memories of the weather. On Monday, temperatures were hovering around the 90-degree mark for hours: “I tell you Miami brings the heat for real — it’s hot out here!”