In a great interview with Danny Glover over at Latino Review, the actor discusses his new movie Shooter, and his admiration for co-star Marky Mark and director Antoine Fuqua. He also mentions one of the greatest character actors of all time, Ned Beatty, who I was thrilled to learn will appear in Shooter (mainly because I thought he was dead!). There's even a brief mention of his role in Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind, one of my most anticipated films this year. But let's focus on the big question: Will there be a Lethal Weapon 5? Or Lethal Weapon 5.0? Or Live Free or Lethal Weapon?
Sorry, action fans, Glover blows that question off pretty quickly, saying "No, no, no. I think it's good with the four. It's been nine years now since we finished Lethal Weapon (4). There was a lot of change in nine years. I think that for me and I feel for Mel (Gibson), it's good to leave that behind."I assume by "a lot of change," Glover is referring to Gibson's robo-insanity of late. The interviewer brings up Indiana Jones 4: The Search For Quality Lower Back Medication and Die Hard 4: The Magic Is Gone, but Glover remains firm, saying those movies were predicated on one guy and the Lethal Weapon series was more of a relationship piece. He states that Gibson could do one on his own and that he could do one on his own but it just wouldn't be the same. (I think if Glover believes people would turn out for a movie called Murtaugh! he's sorely mistaken, but that's neither here nor there.)
We'll see if Glover changes his tune once Warner Brothers and Mel's PR people back up the money truck, but for now, this is a good call. One need only watch the dismal Lethal Weapon 4 to know the series ran its course a while ago. I mean, Danny Glover first uttered that immortal line "I'm getting too old for this shit" in 1987! So now, twenty years later...I think it's safe to say the man is officially too old for this shit.