Maybe it’s the chance to see that pimped-out supervan of theirs again. Maybe it’s the players, a well-cast ensemble that includes Liam Neeson as Hannibal, Bradley Cooper as Faceman, Sharlto Copley as “Howling Mad” Murdock and UFC champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Baracus, the role made famous by Mr. T. Or maybe you’re excited at the prospect of seeing some of the old Team assemble for cameos. Well… it’s probably best if you temper that excitement a little bit.
We already know that Dwight Schultz, the original Murdock, will appear in the film. We also know (via Cinematical) that Faceman actor Dirk Benedict will show up as well. Hannibal actors George Peppard passed away a number of years ago. That leaves Mr. T, who many had speculated would be joining his fellow Team members for a brief appearance.
Unfortunately, this is not to be. Latino Review’s El Guapo ran into Mr. T at his local gym, and he asked the actor about the possibilities of seeing a cameo next summer. There are no direct quotes, but T insisted that his absence from the film has nothing to do with money, that he turned down the opportunity before pay discussions even entered the picture.
The reasoning behind his refusal to participate is actually quite sound. The actor simply doesn’t see a reason to show himself if he’s not going to be the top B.A. Baracus. It sounds a little egotistical, and maybe it is, but Mr. T was central to that TV series. I can totally respect the actor’s desire to not dilute the memory of his character with a quick-and-easy cameo. His absence is still a bummer though.