The highly entertaining sequel kicked off a brand new trilogy of action comedies that starred the same actors playing the same characters, told what to do by the same director. But the original has something special — something unique that sets it apart. Put it down to being the one film in the series that benefited from an unmolested Shane Black screenplay. Put it down to a cast and crew firing on all cylinders to make an unknown quantity work. Put it down to the absence of Joe Pesci. Lethal Weapon does a neat trick in making you emotionally invest in both Murtaugh and Riggs, which creates genuine intrigue and engagement as the two of them tentatively try to figure out their partnership.
If Clayne Crawford is known to television audiences at all its for his work on Rectify , the bet-you-can't-watch-just-one SundanceTV family drama where tensions are slowly popping up from below the surface like a just-baked apple pie. There, he plays Teddy, an honors graduate from the Pete Campbell School for Irritating Douchbags who is not as over the moon as other family members that his stepbrother Daniel Aden Young has been released from Death Row. This all might change for Crawford, as he is now starring in Fox's televised reboot of Lethal Weapon. Premiering September 21, Crawford plays Martin Riggs, the reckless and brilliant cop with an actual death wish who was made famous by Mel Gibson in the action movie. Damon Wayans Sr.
The film was released on March 6, It spawned a franchise that includes three sequels and a television series. Riggs, a former Special Forces soldier who lost his wife in a car accident three years prior, has turned suicidal, and has been taking his aggression out on suspects, leading to his superiors requesting his transfer. Murtaugh and Riggs quickly find themselves facing off with each other. Murtaugh is contacted by Michael Hunsaker, a Vietnam War buddy and banker, but before they can meet, Murtaugh learns that Hunsaker's daughter, Amanda, apparently committed suicide by jumping from her apartment balcony.
Parallel lines: the hope of Christmas and the despair of a bereaved cop with a gun take time to cross paths. A Christmas tree sits on a high rise balcony. A beautiful half-naked already out-of-it young woman gets out of bed, takes some cocaine — and then climbs on to the balcony barrier and dives off, plunging to her death on the roof of a car parked below. Later that same morning, Roger Danny Glover is having a bath when his wife and children burst in to wish him Happy Birthday for his 50th: a cake arrives. And in a trailer a naked Mel Gibson has a beer and not much else for breakfast.