After the firing of Clayne Crawford from the Lethal Weapon TV show, the question was how the series could continue. Would they recast his character, Martin Riggs, originally played by Mel Gibson in the films? After all, Crawford was a great Riggs. Would the show end? Or would they introduce a new character, negating the name of the show?
ComingSoon.net reports that Fox choose the third option, hiring Seann William Scott (American Pie, Role Models) as a brand new character who folds into a partnership with Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans). It is, surprisingly, Scott’s first network series regular role.
Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at the Fox Broadcasting Company, had this to say:
“Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast. Lethal Weapon is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can’t wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen. Matt Miller, his incredible team and everyone at Warner Bros. have been tremendous partners, and we’re thrilled to bring this show back for another season.”
Now, I like Sean William Scott, quite a bit, but Lethal Weapon is not Lethal Weapon without Martin Riggs. He is literally the “lethal weapon” referenced in the first film.
It is a shame that Crawford felt he had to play Mel Gibson, and not just Riggs.
Do you still watch Lethal Weapon? If so, are you excited by the news or are you as sad as me to see the character Riggs go? Let us know in the comment section below!
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