Empire Magazine bagged an exlusive interview with Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci and Richard Donner this month for a special 25th anniversary chat about Lethal Weapon.
While the full interviews will be revealed at the end of the month when the magazine is released, their website gave us a little teaser of what we can expect.
First up was their plans for Lethal Weapon 5. Here is what Gibson and Donner had to say.
Empire: Were there any sequel ideas that didn’t come to pass?
Donner: Lots. There was a fifth one that I would have loved to have made. Shane Black wrote another treatment, which I never saw…
Gibson: I saw it. I saw everything.
Donner: Oh. But we had a totally different story. The two crazies decide to cool their lives, but it’s impossible for them to stay out of situations. It starts with Riggs and Murtaugh out in the country in a motorhome. They’re on a trip and they stop to get gas, but Roger forgets to put the brake on. So the motorhome rolls through a village, annihilating everything, and they get in serious trouble. It had a lot of heart, a lot of family. Rene (Russo, who played Lorna Cole), Darlene (Love, who played Trish Murtaugh), they would all have come back.
Then, in a real coup for the UK magazine, they chatted to Joe Pesci. A man who very rarely ‘does’ interviews he came up with this wonderful story about Leo Getz.
“Mickey Rourke and I had gone to Disneyland. Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons were singing at Frontierland, so we stopped to ask for directions from these blond-headed, blue-eyed kids. I think they were Mormons probably. And the first word out of this kid’s mouth was, ‘Okay!’ Then he hit me with about 12 more: ‘No, no! Okay, okay, okay!’ We thought it was really funny,” Pesci reveals.
He then explained his indelible ‘They FUCK you at the drive-thru’ monologue. “If there’s something I can grab onto and beat the shit out of, I’ll do it. I remember being pissed about drive-thrus, because they do actually fuck you. You go home and there’s no fuckin’ ketchup in the bag. And you can’t go back, because there’s always a long line. So you’re fucked!”
Empire Magazine goes on sale in the UK on March 29.