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In March 6 1987, was released one classic action movie, ‘Lethal Weapon’. The movie is about Martin Riggs, who is an L.A. cop with suicidal tendencies and Roger Murtaugh is the unlucky police officer with whom Riggs is assigned. Together they uncover a huge drug-smuggling operation, and as their success rate grows so does their friendship.
Stars: Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey
Director: Richard Donner
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, here are some of the curiosities about this movie.
- Mel Gibson was only 30 when the movie was filmed, although his character Riggs was supposed to be 38.
- Legendary stuntman Dar Robinson was killed in a motorcycle accident shortly after principal photography was finished. Director Richard Donner dedicated the film to him.
- Leonard Nimoy was one of the choices considered for directing, but he didn’t feel comfortable doing action movies, and he was working on ‘3 Mens and A Baby’ (1987) at the time.
- In the scene where Riggs is contemplating suicide, there is an actual bullet in the chamber which Mel Gibson was pointing at his head, thinking that it would allow for a greater sense of portraying the scene realistically and dramatically.
- Casting director Marion Dougherty first suggested teaming Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. She arranged for Gibson to fly in from his home in Sydney while Glover was flown in from Chicago, where he was appearing in a play, to read through the script.
- Film’s soundtrack includes Elvis Presley song ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’. Darlene Love, who plays Murtaugh’s wife, was background dancer in Elvis’ production Elvis (1968).
- The only Lethal Weapon movie not featuring Joe Pesci as Leo Getz.
Out of the whole Lethal Weapon series, this is the only one, which wasn’t shot in CinemaScope.
- During pre-production, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover shadowed Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers, and Richard Donner consulted the Sheriff’s Department to ensure an authentic portrayal of the police force.
- Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Harrison Ford, Jeff Goldblum, Rutger Hauer, Michael Keaton, Christopher Lambert, Richard Norton, Michael Nouri, Sean Penn, Christopher Reeve, Kurt Russell, Charlie Sheen, and Patrick Swayze all turned down the role of Martin Riggs.