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TV GUIDE – Lethal Weapon stars Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford have great chemistry. You can sense it when you’re in the room with them. It’s like a gas. A gas that smells like eggs. And garlic. And peanut butter.
TV Guide asked them if they had a favorite bromance moment from Season 1 of their buddy cop action-comedy, and they didn’t really answer the question. They got distracted by the aromatic ghost of Damon Wayans’ breakfast.
“Eggs and peanut butter?” Crawford asked his co-star. “What are you, pregnant? Do you want a pickle?”
“Could be!” said Wayans. “All this bromance.”
“You’ve just been f—ed with bromance and somebody may have left you pregnant,” said Crawford.
He then suggested that Wayans enlist the help of his brothers — Keenen, Shawn and Marlon — in raising this bromantic baby. They could make a movie about it: Four Wayans and a Baby.
And things only go more off the rails from there.
So really, they don’t have a favorite bromance moment, because it’s every moment. Look at how Crawford has his arm around Wayans. It’s adorable.
Oh, and Disney did make Three Men and a Baby.
Lethal Weapon Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c on Fox.
ASSIGNMENT X – Clayne Crawford is having a wonderful fall season. The actor from Alabama stars in Fox Networks’ new Wednesday-night action series LETHAL WEAPON, which premiered September 21. Based on the feature film franchise, LETHAL WEAPON has Crawford cast as dangerously daredevil – and heartbroken – L.A.P.D. cop Martin Riggs, opposite Damon Wayans’ more cautious fellow police detective Roger Murtaugh. Then, On October 26, Crawford will be back as troubled Ted “Teddy” Talbot Jr. on Sundance TV’s fourth and final season of RECTIFY.
ASSIGNMENT X: Were you looking to do another series once RECTIFY wrapped, or were you looking to stay home with the family for a little while?
CLAYNE CRAWFORD: Me and my wife laughed. It was a lot when I was struggling, trying to get work, which is most of your career. We would plan a vacation, and inevitably, I would get a phone call to go do a job, right? So I told my wife, “February. I’m going to finish RECTIFY, it’s the final season, I’ve got a movie coming out with Legendary, let’s take six months off.” We’ve been remodeling my farmhouse for three years. “Let’s just really enjoy the property and let’s wait for the best job ever. And I don’t know what that is.” I’d love to go work for HBO, I thought maybe Netflix.
Three days later, that man [points to his agent, Paul Santana] called my phone. “Fox wants you.” “No, no, I’m good.” I genuinely wanted to do nothing, but when I read the material, I felt like it was the chance of a lifetime. Even if we failed, I just wanted to play that role and show people I had a little bit of comedy chops.
AX: Riggs is coping with tremendous personal tragedy. Is he just able to close off and have a veneer of humor? If not, where does the comedy come from?
ESQUIRE – The Lethal Weapon star talks about creating a new version of the character on the TV reboot.
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 1987 action movie. (Damon Wayans Sr. plays the Danny Glover part).
In real life, Crawford is much the old-school Southern gentleman who lives with his family on a farm in Alabama. He was late for his phone interview with Esquire because he was talking to his grandfather. “The VA just gave him new hearing aids,” he apologized. “He was extremely excited that he could hear me and we could have a conversation. Wrapping that up was not an option.”
He also talked about the end of Rectify, which begins its final season on October 26, and the requirements for his new show (read: fame, car chases, and nude scenes).
Lethal Weapon’s Riggs is very different part from Rectify’s Teddy. What interested you in it?
EW – The Lethal Weapon franchise is known for its buddy cop shenanigans, explosive action, and a profane catch phrase about the indignities of aging. But Fox’s new small-screen reboot — starring Clayne Crawford as loose cannon Riggs and Damon Wayans as straight arrow Murtaugh — also has an undercurrent of melancholy.
In a recent video interview with EW, several cast members opened up about the series, with the help of some randomly selected keywords. Believe it or not, one of the most apt was heartbreak.
“It is heartbreaking at times, and I think that’s what makes the show fun,” Crawford said. “Obviously there’s stuff that goes boom, and there’s funny antics [but] we try to ground it in as much truth [as possible], and sometimes that can be extremely heartbreaking.”
TV INSIDER – As far as film-to-TV adaptations go, recent history includes the great (Fargo!) and the not-so-great (sorry, Rush Hour). But network execs aren’t stopping the remake train anytime soon, since familiar titles often bring built-in audiences.
First up this fall: Fox’s Lethal Weapon. Based on the iconic 1987 action movie starring Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, the small-screen reboot takes its own spin on what happens when by-the-book detective Roger Murtaugh (now played by My Wife and Kids’ Damon Wayans) teams with loose-cannon cop Martin Riggs (Rectify’s Clayne Crawford). “There’s a tremendous difference between these two guys,” says executive producer Matt Miller (Forever, The 100) of the bickering partners. “But like with any good relationship, the chemistry comes exactly because they don’t have the same characteristics.”
Another big difference: the level of violence in today’s world compared to the 1980s, when the film came out. But how do you go about making a crime drama responsibly without softening the fight between good and evil on the streets of Los Angeles? Fox chairman Dana Walden has said the network is conscious of keeping the violence in context. (To start, they removed guns from the show’s promotional poster.)
Just don’t assume that this Lethal Weapon will be a tame one. Expect action sequences that are beyond your typical cop drama, says Miller. In the pilot, for example, Murtaugh and Riggs end up in a high-speed chase that collides with an in-progress Grand Prix race on an actual Southern California track. “We were trying to figure out a way to create something nobody had seen before,” he says. Mission accomplished. Wayans and Crawford filled us in on tackling those wild action scenes as well as crafting what they hope will be TV’s next best odd couple.
What did you both think when you initially heard about the project? Any reservations?
Wayans: I went in to pitch Peter Roth, the head of Warner Bros. Television, a sitcom. And he said, “Before you pitch, let me throw out two words: Lethal Weapon.” So I put my idea on the back burner and said, “Send me the script.” I read it and just loved it. Then I met with producer Matt Miller and he told me how wonderful I was and that Sinbad had passed and would I do it? I thought Matt was really charming and had a very clever take on not just the stories but the characters.
Crawford: I didn’t want to know anything more about the project when I first heard…and then I read the material. Matt Miller did such a wonderful job with the script—it was a nice tribute to what [original screenwriter] Shane Black created so many years ago. It honored the movie without mimicking it, and I thought that was really, really special.