Hey, Mr. T fans — anyone interested in some “pity the fool” bravado and an A-Team reboot? Surely, there’s still an audience for Bosco Baracus.
Lawrence Tureaud, aka, Mr. T., recently discussed a potential revamping of the A Team. He’s not sure it could happen. The quality, the actor said, may not be there. And he’s no fool.
“They might, but it wouldn’t be the same,” Mr. T told PopCulture.com. “Ain’t nothing like the real thing. They tried it with the movie, that didn’t work. And so, we had a certain chemistry. We came into people’s homes every Tuesday night.
“People got the chance to know us, know what we was about it and all of that,” Mr. T said. “So … we had time and it was just I had a good relationship with Dwight Schultz, who played Murdoch and Dirk Benedict, Faceman, and Hannibal, George Peppard. It was just, we had that chemistry.”
The A Team ran from 1983-87 and told the stories of a group of four Army special forces troops who were erroneously court-martialed for war crimes. They turn soldiers of fortune as they try to clear their names of the false charges and uncover who framed them. The show was one of the most popular series on the air for the first three seasons, ranking among the nation’s top 10. Its top season was 1983-84, when the show ranked fourth in the ratings.
Mr. T played the pure muscle of the quartet. He was the weapons specialist and could fix everything. He went by the initials BA, or Bad Attitude. And he also didn’t tolerate fools. And he still doesn’t.
Mr. T is an Army vet and former military policeman. He played football, but didn’t make it in the NFL. He worked as a bouncer and became known as Mr. T. He then started working security for celebrities like Steve McQueen, along with pop stars Michael and Janet Jackson. He won a special TV event as America’s Toughest Bouncer. That’s where Sylvester Stallone saw him, casting the bigger-than-life personality as Clubber Lang in Rocky III.
Actor Turned Down Cameo in Movie Reboot. Pity the Fool Who Wanted to Mess with Perfection
There was an A Team movie in 2010. It sported a terrific cast, with Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper and Gerald McRaney. Mr. T turned down a cameo. Two original A-Team stars did appear in the movie – Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz. Neeson played the character originally played by George Peppard, while Cooper was cast as Benedict’s Faceman. The movie made more than $175 million in the summer of 2010.
These days, Mr. T, now 68, likes to tweet daily Bible verses. He also raises money and works with the homeless.
“The best part about The A-Team that I really like that we was playing Army veterans,” je said. “So, I got a chance when we wasn’t filming, we would go to the veterans’ hospitals and visit the veterans. And also, I like the fact that we never killed nobody on the show. We shot a lot of bullets and blew up a lot of stuff, but The A-Team never killed nobody. And my thing, I spoke a lot at schools and tell the kids to stay in school. Don’t do drugs and listen to their parents and all of that. So, it would’ve been contradicting myself telling them kids don’t bring guns to school and don’t deal with guns and here I am shooting up everybody.”