Gibson rules out Lethal Weapon sequel
Considering his recent controversies, Mel Gibson might be advised not to rule out any potential job opportunities. Despite that, he has dismissed the possibility that he might be involved in a fifth instalment of the Lethal Weapon franchise.
Lethal Weapon 4 appeared in 1998, and the four films were an important part of Gibson’s career. Starring with Danny Glover as a couple of trouble-seeking cops, he virtually reinvented the buddy movie genre.
Gibson suggested to Comingsoon.net that a reboot of the franchise was more likely than a sequel with the same leads. "No, I think the way things are going with Total Recall, they'll just remake those somehow," he said. "Though it's really tough to replace Danny. He was so amazing in those things. It was a good gig for us. It worked. But we knew it would."
Given his current standing as something of a Hollywood pariah after being recorded using anti-Semitic and threatening language, Gibson must have a certain nostalgia for the days when he was the toast of the movie industry. The Lethal Weapon role helped develop his Hollywood profile.
"I had fun on every one of them and they were lucrative and good to me," he says. "And they really afforded me the opportunity to slow down and pick things and do things that really interested me."
Perhaps a return to the action movie genre might be unlikely. Or perhaps Gibson is just mindful of the catchphrase associated with his sidekick Glover: "I’m too old for this s**t".