In the new “Nash Bridges” trailer for the upcoming TV movie, Don Johnson and Cheech Marin pick up right where they left off 20 years ago.
In fact, Johnson’s got a great line about Bridges’s return, saying it “kinda feels like we’re getting second chance to go back in, see if we can make a difference.”
It’s been 20 years since the two characters drove all over San Francisco, solving crime. Now, the boomers are back with a serial killer on the loose and a new set of millennial cops in the Special Intelligence Unit. It sounds like a great recipe for fun, and if the ratings were a hit, we’ll soon know if the fans want a reboot of the old series.
The two-hour movie aired on Saturday on the USA Network and is likely available on demand.
Co-creator, producer, and star Johnson told Variety that he felt the show’s characters still had a little mileage left on them. Also, he loved the tone where it could be dangerous and demanding while having the comedic moments of a cop show.
Close Friends Back For ‘Nash Bridges’
There are a few undeniable facts about this new “Nash Bridges” reboot movie.
First, it’s been 20 years since the CBS show was on the airwaves. Second, Johnson is now 71, and Marin is 75. Finally, the two friends picked up where they left off and didn’t miss a beat with some behind-the-scenes fun recently.
The men joked to People magazine about all the makeup the show would need to make them look decent for viewer consumption.
“We’re a little bit older, but you can’t tell. It’s amazing what they can do with smoke and mirrors. Now we use spackle for makeup,” Johnson joked.
Marin followed up, saying the show used “pothole filler” on the men’s faces.
Johnson, Marin Keeping Busy
Both men are having fun in their golden years while staying incredibly busy. Johnson’s got “The Watchmen” and “Keenan” going along with three other movies in the works. Marin’s not as busy, but he’s got some screen time in an upcoming Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy movie next year.
The friends also starred in the 1996 Kevin Costner flick “Tin Cup.” According to IMDb, Johnson and Costner are good friends in real life, too. Reportedly, Johnson turned down the lead Eliot Ness role in “The Untouchables,” and it went to his friend Costner. Marin’s appearance in the film also led to a newfound love of the golf game. He hated it before.
But they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to joke and have fun with their old show.
Don Johnson said the two men went to so many parties over the years that they could “fill in the blanks” on stories where they knew only half the story.