I don’t know if this is a brilliant bit of stunt-casting, or the dumbest idea in the history of the universe. Probably somewhere in the middle, I guess. Not content to let Gina Carano hog the spotlight, UFC fighter Quentin “Rampage” Jackson is joining the cast of the big screen adaptation of the classic 80’s TV show “The A-Team.” He’ll be playing the tough-as-nails but scared-to-fly B.A. Baracus, originally played so poignantly by Mr. T.
For those who may not know anything about Rampage, or “Rampy” as his friends like to call him, he’s a pretty scary looking dude, and not just because he’s black. He was a prolific fighter in the Japanese Pride Fighting Championships, as well as in the UFC. Oh, and he was arrested last year for felony hit and run after swerving onto the sidewalk in Newport Beach, hitting several pedestrians with his Ford F-350, and then fleeing the scene. How did the cops know it was him? Oh, I don’t know, maybe because he was driving a truck with a giant goddamn picture of himself, coupled with the word “Rampage” on it. That’s just the kind of clever we should be rewarding with roles in major films, if you ask me.
Anyway, the cast of the A-Team is almost complete. So far, we’ve got Liam Neeson as Hannibal (oh, Qui-Gon), Bradley Cooper as Face (this is how you repay our Hangover goodwill), and now the aforementioned Mensa candidate for B.A. Hopefully, the movie won’t be as lame as the show was. And don’t you people fucking start with the raped-my-childhood bullshit. The A-Team was a terrible show. Terrible. They fired a billion bullets and no one ever got shot. They were a rogue group of special forces tough guys who never killed, or really even hurt anyone. All they did was crack wise and build stupid, elaborate set pieces to help save the day. Seriously, a giant gun that shoots cabbages? If you ask me, the remake has nowhere to go but up.
Which means, of course, that it will likely blow goats.
(h/t to Dark Horizons)