Mr. T has a message for anyone who would ask him to cameo in the upcoming “A-Team” movie: “I pity the fool!”
“We don’t do cameos!” the pop-culture icon stated — or more accurately, screamed — when asked about the in-development movie based on the 1983-1987 show that made him famous. “You don’t disrespect us, or ’Pow! Pow!'” he added, pumping his fists. “Do you know what I mean?” (Watch our video interview with Mr. T below, and continue the article after the jump).
After several years of development, the concept of an “A-Team” movie has never been hotter than in this 80’s-flashback summer of “Transformers” and “The Simpsons Movie.” Mr. T revealed that while he has heard plenty of rumblings in recent months, the notion of having him return to the role of B.A. Baracus has been abandoned much like the gold chains that once adorned his neck.
“Here is what I know about it,” T fumed in his trademark style. “They’re talking about the movie, but they aren’t talking to the main guys, so therefore, the talking got short … If you ain’t gonna have the main guys, like [Dwight Schultz] as Murdock and the guys that I grew up with, [forget it].”
While rumors have hounded “Pulp Fiction” star Ving Rhames for years that he’ll be the choice to step in as the burly B.A., Mr. T said he can’t see it. “Naw, naw,” he said of Rhames. “I’m either B.A., or I am nothing.”
As such, the 55-year-old action hero said he wouldn’t give the “A-Team” movie his blessing by appearing in one of the “father-figure” roles that have become de rigueur for remakes. “I ain’t got nothing against [producers Spike Seldin, Marc Silvestri, Alex Young and returning series creator Stephen J. Cannell] picking someone for the movie, but it’s insulting me to ask me to be in it [as someone else]. It’s just like my ex-girlfriend saying ’Why don’t you come out to dinner with my new boyfriend?’ You see what I mean? I am not going to do that.”
Mr. T added that he didn’t have any recommendations for other actors to be cast as the van-loving, helicopter-hating Baracus, either…because he didn’t want to help the producers out. “I am not going to be in the movie for no cameo stuff,” he reaffirmed. “I know about two things: ’Rocky III’ and Clubber Lang, and ’A-Team’ and B.A. Baracus. That’s who I am!”
Do you agree with Mr. T’s battle against the remake? If not, who’d you like to see as the man in the red-and-black van? Post your comments below, fool!