UPDATED 2X: In another update from TVLine, lead co-star Clayne Crawford will be recast in an attempt to save the Lethal Weapon series. However, multiple attempts have already failed, as several actors have turned the role down. It’s unclear who they approached.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the series will continue however. If the role isn’t filled by June 30th, it is said that Fox will pull the plug.
UPDATED: According to TVLine, Crawford is done. And probably the series as a whole.
If Fox decides to bring back Lethal Weapon for a third season — and that’s a big if — it will be without co-lead Clayne Crawford. Multiple sources confirm to TVLine that Fox and its studio partner Warner Bros. are actively searching for an actor to replace the embattled actor in the role of Martin Riggs. The outcome of the 11th hour recasting effort will largely determine whether Fox renews the series for Season.
When being called upon to star as Mad Max, Tom Hardy, already an A-lister, sought Mel Gibson’s approval. For anyone who is interested, Mr. Crawford felt he did not require any blessing. In fact, Wayans did not consult with Danny Glover either.
PREVIOUSLY: The TV series Lethal Weapon has had surprisingly strong ratings. It was renewed for a second season. However despite strong ratings continuing, it looks like a third season is still in question.
One of the co-leads, Clayne Crawford, who plays Martin Riggs, is apparently as asshat on set.
Deadline says that the actor has had a history of questionable behaviour on the show, and has been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile work environment. Things have reportedly escalated to a point where other actors and crew feel uncomfortable being on set with him.
The show is Fox’s number 2 and they don’t want to get rid of it. They’re even exploring recasting Martin Riggs. So it looks like Crawford is no Mel Gibson in more ways than one, who by all accounts everyone adored on the sets of the movies, and kept everyone entertained.