Damon Wayans is back on TV and taking on Danny Glover’s classic character, Roger Murtaugh, for FOX’s TV adaptation of ‘Lethal Weapon.’ HollywoodLife.com talked EXCLUSIVELY about Damon’s return to TV and what about Murtaugh really stuck out to him.
“I simply just read a great script, and I actually cried reading the script,” Damon, 56, told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY at PaleyFest 2016. “I felt like I could identify with the Murtaugh character and I just wanted to do it.”
It’s been over 4 years since Damon has done anything on TV. He appeared in the 2011 TV movie Herd Mentality. The last time he had a role on a television show was 2006 in the sketch comedy series The Underground.
The role of Detective Roger Murtaugh really appealed to Damon because he recently with experienced something similar to what Murtaugh is dealing with in the show’s premiere. Murtaugh suffered a heart attack and is just making his return to the police force when Riggs comes along.
“I had brain surgery, and it was very scary,” Damon told us. “Not knowing. Having to put your life in someone’s hands and hope that they’ll bring you through. You’ve got to say goodbye to people just in case it doesn’t go well. So all of that kind of connected with me [to Murtaugh] on an emotional level, and I was in search of what to do next and this just felt right.”
The relationship between Riggs and Murtaugh has to be perfect, considering how good Mel Gibson, 60, and Danny Glover, 70, were in the original role. HollywoodLife.com has seen the premiere, and Clayne Crawford, 38, and Damon kill it as Riggs and Murtaugh. We also asked Clayne what it was like to work with the Damon Wayans, and his response is incredible.
“He’s just f**king great,” Clayne said. “I just like him as a person. He’s a grandfather. It’s Damon f**king Wayans. I just love him. And he’s so good at what he does. I just show up. It was instant, whatever that thing is that makes good chemistry.”
Lethal Weapon premieres Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. The show also stars Jordana Brewster, 36, Johnathan Fernandez and Keesha Sharp.
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