CINEMA: MARTIN LAWRENCE: TOO MUCH TO LOSE

MARTIN LAWRENCE HAS A HOT MOVIE, A BIG CAREER--BUT A TROUBLED LIFE

Martin Lawrence, as an out-of-work electronics whiz in the new comedy Nothing to Lose, meets co-star Tim Robbins when he jumps into Robbins' car, brandishes a pistol and demands money. But, he later explains in a tone of aggrieved dignity, "I don't steal. I just dabble in future used goods." It is the art of the con man--and of the movie actor--to fool others so exquisitely that he may be fooling himself. So admirers of the popular actor-comedian must hope, and detractors will wonder, when Lawrence defends himself against a flurry of criminal and domestic accusations by saying, "I've grown." "I'm...

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