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"Lethal Weapon": how the fate of the heroes

For more than 30 years since the release of the famous action movie, much has changed in their lives. And each destiny has prepared its destiny.

Anyway, success in any business sometimes depends on simple chance, on a certain amount of luck. Shane Black, a student at the University of California, once wrote a script at his leisure about a couple of police officers who were on the verge of breaking the law, thereby baffling hardened criminals. After graduation, he accidentally met with producer Joel Silver. Without hesitation, for good luck, Shane gives him to read his script. Silver instantly appreciated the work of the former student, immediately realized that based on it, you can make a great film that could stir up the public. Finding an intelligent director was not difficult: Richard Donner was well known in Hollywood.

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And the last zealously, anticipating the reaction of future viewers, took up work on the fighter,called "Lethal Weapon". It was more difficult, of course, with the actors, but the director managed to assemble a group of actors who set the tone for the film. It was they who made the picture spectacular, bright, all four parts of which looked at one go. Naturally, everyone was eclipsed on the screen by the hero of Mel Gibson - Sergeant Martin Riggs. Note, did not spoil the creative weather and other actors who participated in the film. This is especially true of Danny Glover: his on-screen character, Sergeant Roger Mertha, perfectly fitted into the atmosphere of the picture, to some extent speaking as the antipode of Riggs. The film "Lethal Weapon" brought the actors fame, recognition. But the latter did not mean that in the future everything was going well for them and their careers went along the knurled path.

Mel Gibson

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Yes, he was good in the title role: a handsome man with devils in his eyes from the very first part of the “Deadly Weapon” struck down the hearts of many spectators. They were not embarrassed by Sergeant Riggs’s rude humor, his willingness to fight the criminals at any second, to leave behind him mountains of corpses. And they mourned each received wound of the hero as their own. The impression was: remove this image from the screen - and the film will collapse, losing its appeal.Because Mel Gibson has turned into a deadly weapon against boredom, everyday life. From his role - reckless police officer Martin Riggs, he did not refuse in reality. His further fate was sometimes reminiscent of a mountain avalanche, sweeping away everything in its path. And Mel Gibson has always remained safe and sound with two Oscars and other prestigious awards for acting, for an excellent director. By the way, Bruce Willis also claimed the role of tough Sergeant Riggs, but at the last moment he left for the shooting of Die Hard. But let us return again to the events of the life of Mel Gibson, which brought him the fame and reputation of a notorious brawler.

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The films "Braveheart", "Apocalypse", "For conscientious reasons" were included in the golden collection of world cinema. But he would not be himself, so as not to miss the day without scandalous antics. His name flashed on the pages of the yellow press. Gibson, because of his violent nature, could not refuse them that pleasure. A loud divorce from his wife, Robin Moore, a showdown with Oksana Grigorieva, countless courts have created him a reputation as a person with whom it is dangerous to get involved.Hollywood frowned and even resented after each Gibson trick, but secretly recognized him as a remarkable talent. And soon everyone breathed: gray-bearded Mel, who is already over 60, settled down a bit. True, the calm in the behavior of the star actor did not prevent him from enraptured the young writer, the former acrobat-rider Rosalind Ross, who bore him a son Lars Gerard, the ninth child of restless "Sergeant Riggs."

Danny Glover

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The boy from the family of postmen, working day and night for the sake of five children, probably did not even suspect that their son would become famous throughout the world, would become the embodiment of the American dream. From the bottom he made his way into a number of leading Hollywood actors. And today, despite his advanced age, claimed by many famous directors. Danny Glover at first was extremely surprised by Richard Donner's proposal. He even wanted to give up the role of sergeant Roger Mertha, arguing that he was already old and running around like a young man on the set, portraying a tough cop, he didn’t have enough strength. But the director was adamant and forced Danny every day for several months to engage in martial arts: Brazilian jiu-jitsu and capoeira.And also, for convincing persuasiveness, along with Mel Gibson, the forty-year-old actor learned to shoot from real weapons. As a result, the image on the screen turned out to be akin to our domestic uncle Stepa: the screen police sergeant Mertha was always ready to come to the aid of kind people and punish the villains. This role in the film greatly influenced Danny Glover's creative career. He made no attempt to win an Oscar and other prestigious awards.

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However, the directors appreciated him for a good, moderately talented acting game in films where Danny participated. A confirmation of the above - the picture "Predator-2." Here, he seemed to repeat the image of Merta, having played the role of Lieutenant Harrigan perfectly. Comedy, drama, sound of popular cartoons - everything works out for Danny Glover. On July 22, he will turn 71, and respecting his age, he never takes offense at directors who are now offering him small roles in his films. Recently, he has been actively involved in social and political activities and does not hide the fact that he was friends with Fidel Castro. Danny Glover - the full embodiment of Sergeant Mertha in his personal life. He is faithful to Asaka Baumani’s wife, whose love has been around since Danny was a college student.The only daughter is proud of her father, considering her the best parent in the world.

Joe Peshi

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Favorite actor Martin Scorsese has always been true to his role - to surprise and shock the respectable audience. It is known that almost every Oscar ceremony is not without tears and long felt words of its winners and winners. When Joe Pesci was awarded the cherished statuette for a brilliant game in the movie “Glorious Guys”, he stayed onstage for only half a minute. Literally throwing the following phrase into the hall: "It is an honor for me, thank you." Among the Hollywood stars and respectable members of the jury, confusion happened: they had not yet experienced such a hidden insult. Participation in the film "Lethal Weapon", which he got in the second part, playing Leo Getz - an important witness and a financial rogue, also did not go without some scandal. Joe subsequently told Richard Donner that he was not interested in the proposed role. He just practiced his acting piece of bread. However, such a statement he went sideways.

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For the film “Lethal Weapon -4” Pesci was nominated for the Golden Raspberry as the worst supporting actor.And then Joe suddenly gave up on a big movie and imprisoned himself in the walls of his huge house. And he devoted all his free time to music. Here, to great disappointment, Joe did not succeed: the album with songs of his own composition failed miserably, barely seeing the light. The family of Joe Pesci was not burdened: he divorced his wife, actress Claudia Marta Haro, in the early 90s, he rarely recalled his daughter Tiffany. And in 2017, he unexpectedly returned to acting. Martin Scorsese shoots the film "Irishman", which will play the famous trio: Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino.

Rene Russo

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She worked as a cashier in a movie theater to help her family make ends meet. And in the evenings, Rene secretly dreamed of becoming Mick Jagger's wife: the girl went to the Rolling Stones concerts as if for a holiday. Meeting with the famous rock musician will happen much later. When a tall, dazzlingly beautiful girl, who has already gained a share of fame in the modeling business, will get a role in the movie “The Fugitive” and will, by chance, get to know Mick Jagger on the set. Alas, it will not go further than a short meeting: they will not experience mutual interest to each other.The film “Lethal Weapon”, where she appeared in the last parts as a detective from the internal investigations department of Lorna Cole, will bring her fame and recognition from the audience. A strong and attractive woman who courageously challenged the criminals - this image, played by Rene Rousseau, on the screen, was greeted with delight and admiration. I must say that the talent of the actress is fully revealed in the thriller "The Scam of Thomas Crown".

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By the way, erotic scenes involving Rene showed how sensual and sexy the beauty of this woman, which has been preserved by her even at the age of 45. Creative luck, unfortunately, will not always accompany the Hollywood actress. After some failed pictures in her work there will come a long break. But she will not lose her acting talent, and in 2014 she will receive the prestigious Saturn Award for the film Stringer, where she will play a supporting role. Now Rene Rousseau, as if making up for lost time, is involved in many projects. Her personal life has not changed: she is married to screenwriter Dan Gilroy, with whom she has a daughter Rose.

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