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Fox's Lethal Weapon pilot finally chooses its Riggs

03.10.2016

Out of the way, Mel Gibson... There's a new Riggs in the world of LETHAL WEAPON.

Clayne Crawford, who has been seen on both RECTIFY and 24, has landed the role of Martin Riggs for Fox's LETHAL WEAPON television series pilot. Crawford will take the role popularized by Gibson in the LETHAL WEAPON film franchise, that of a loose cannon former Navy SEAL trying to start anew (in Los Angeles) while contending with a death wish after suffering a devasting loss. Crawford will be partnering up with the previously announced Damon Wayans, who will play Roger Murtaugh, a cop trying to avoid stress after a recent heart attack. It's a match made in hell for them, at first, that was one made in heaven for the viewing audience.

If Crawford can find the right amount of crazy for this dynamic to work, then LETHAL WEAPON has a shot to go from pilot to series and perhaps find an audience. But he does have to contend with the fact that Mel Gibson once owned this role, so he's going to have to make it his own somehow while still making this thing feel familiar to LETHAL WEAPON. It's a delicate balance these types of projects needs to find, but they need to land in that sweet spot or a disastrous response from audiences usually awaits.

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9:36AM on 03/11/2016
Like I said before, anything that keeps this from becoming a movie reboot, I am in favor of.
Like I said before, anything that keeps this from becoming a movie reboot, I am in favor of.
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3:53AM on 03/11/2016
Oooof. They really are setting themselves up for an uphill struggle with this one. It better be solid right out of the gate or bye bye.
Oooof. They really are setting themselves up for an uphill struggle with this one. It better be solid right out of the gate or bye bye.
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7:56PM on 03/10/2016
He was decent enough in Smokin' Aces 2, and his bit part in Justified. But whoever got this role would be an ultimate letdown since no one could ever replace Gibson.
He was decent enough in Smokin' Aces 2, and his bit part in Justified. But whoever got this role would be an ultimate letdown since no one could ever replace Gibson.
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4:44PM on 03/10/2016
Clayne Crawford is a great actor - the show may turn out to be crap, but for now I think this is inspired casting.
Clayne Crawford is a great actor - the show may turn out to be crap, but for now I think this is inspired casting.
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4:28PM on 03/10/2016

whaaaat??

There is only one Martin Riggs. His name is Mel Gibson, his name is Mel Gibson.
There is only one Martin Riggs. His name is Mel Gibson, his name is Mel Gibson.
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4:20PM on 03/10/2016
First RUSH HOUR, then TRAINING DAY, now LETHAL WEAPON? Ugh.
First RUSH HOUR, then TRAINING DAY, now LETHAL WEAPON? Ugh.
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