The other day I was listening to some guys talk about the upcoming A-Team movie, and someone said, “Rampage Jackson just killed it as Mr. T.” Which is a funny statement, considering Mr. T is a real person, and his character in the original TV series, B. A. Baracus, was pretty much T being T (as was T being Clubber Lang—and trust me, watch this linked video for a true appreciation).
For one minute of my life, I was semi-interested in seeing this flick, which opens in a couple of days. Then I watched the above trailer, and realized it’s almost certain to go down with Bewitched and The Beverly Hillbillies as TV-shows-turned-into-movies that absolutely suck. Maybe I’m wrong; maybe the presence of Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper says something about the quality of the project. But, eh, I just don’t see it.
Neither, for that matter, does Mr. T. He recently watched an advanced screening of the movie, and left shaking his (still-mohakwed-though-no-longer-entombed-by-gold-chains) head. “People die in the film and there’s plenty of sex but when we did it, no one got hurt and it was all played for fun and family entertainment,” he said. “These seem to be elements nobody is interested in anymore. It was too graphic for me. I’ve no doubt it will do big business at the box office but it’s nothing like the show we turned out every week.”
Next up—Joanie Loves Chachi: The Movie!