Are you looking forward to the new, big-screen version of The A-Team? After some initial apprehension about a "remake" of such a classic TV series, I've found myself looking forward to it (particularly after hearing about the great casting choices, as well as seeing the first promo image) .
Second question: are you hoping for cameos from the original A-Team members, even though new folks have taken over their roles? Well, if you ARE then you're in luck on at least one front, as we already learned that Dwight Schultz - aka the original Capt. 'Howling Mad' Murdock - will be making a cameo. This led to speculation that we'd see both Dirk Benedict (aka the original Faceman) and Mr. T (aka the original B.A. Baracus) also making cameo appearances (sadly George Peppard, the original Hannibal, passed away some 15 years ago).
Well, there's no word on whether Benedict will appear, but the folks over at Latino Review got the exclusive word that Mr. T will NOT appear in the new A-Team.
Latino Review writer "El Guapo" actually spoke with Mr. T in person at the gym (surprise...), where the tough man revealed he wouldn't be appearing in The A-Team.
"Why not?" I hear you asking? Well, it's not that he doesn't like the notion of an The A-Team reboot, or who's cast in the roles, or even an issue of him not getting a big enough paycheck, as he said no to the film before money was ever discussed. He said it just wouldn't be right for him to star in it - if he wasn't a main character then what would be the point? Also, he said they'd probably use his cameo as part of the marketing for the film, which would lead his friends and family to expect some huge role when it wouldn't be.
So there you have it, we won't be seeing Mr. T make an appearance in the new A-Team. Are you sad about this? I wouldn't use a word as strong as "sad," but I certainly wouldn't have minded seeing him turn up in a small role, much in the same way David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser made little appearances at the end of the Starsky & Hutch movie a few years back. Nothing big, just a hat-tip to fans of the original show.
Are you disappointed Mr. T won't be making a cameo in the new A-Team? Would it have added to the film or would it have taken you out of it?
The A-Team stars Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper as Faceman, Sharlto Copley (District 9) as Murdock and UFC fighter Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson as B.A. Baracus. It's directed by Joe Carnahan (Smokin' Aces) and hits theaters on June 11th, 2010.
Source: Latino Review