Mr. T may have been replaced by a younger actor (ex-wrestler Quinton “Rampage” Jackson) in the forthcoming A-Team big screen remake, but that hasn’t stopped the 58-year-old, real name Laurence Tureaud, from popping along to a preview to watch it.
According to Yahoo, Mr. T was shocked by The A-Team’s level of violence.
“People die in the film and there’s plenty of sex, but when we did it, no one got hurt and it was all played for fun and family entertainment,” Mr. T said. “These seem to be elements nobody is interested in anymore. It was too graphic for me. I’ve no doubt it will do big business at the box office but it’s nothing like the show we turned out every week.”
For readers too young to remember the original 1983 series, The A-Team featured a team of ex-US army special forces who, despite their years of training, fired off round after round of machine gun fire every week without hitting a soul. The refusal on the part of the series’ producers to show characters being killed or seriously injured reached its zenith in an episode of the second season, where a helicopter was shown crashing violently into the side of a cliff (actually a piece of Universal stock footage) and its occupants getting up and running off.
The A-Team movie updates the original cast from Vietnam veterans to ex-soldiers returning from Iraq, while retaining the tongue-in-cheek atmosphere of the 80s TV series – any film where cast members fire machine guns from free-falling tanks can’t take itself that seriously, after all.
Judging by Mr. T’s reaction, however, The A-Team members’ ability to hit targets has improved considerably in the intervening years.
The A-Team is out on 11 June in the US, and 30 July in the UK.