I watch Fox’s Lethal Weapon TV series. I don’t watch a lot of what one would call “guilty pleasure television” or “shows that aren’t worth writing about online,” but I continue to watch Lethal Weapon for one reason only: Clayne Crawford. I followed him over from Rectify — where Crawford was a goddamn revelation — after a few readers insisted Lethal Weapon was better than it looked.
They were right. And they were wrong. I mean: The writing is mediocre; the action often looks cheap; and Damon Wayans’ character is like something straight out of a ’90s TGIF sitcom. But Crawford and his sad eyes anchor the show, and every once in a while, one of his performances transcends Lethal Weapon.
So, of course, it turns out that Crawford is a giant asshole. From TVLine:
Crawford has “been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment.” The issue reportedly intensified in recent months to the point where several actors and crew members on the Fox drama do not want to be on set with Crawford. A source tells TVLine that studio Warner Bros. is considering recasting Clayne’s Martin Riggs role — possibly with a female — to play opposite Damon Wayans’ Roger Murtaugh in a potential fourth season.
Damn. That is too bad. On one hand, Fox should fire his ass if he’s that emotionally abusive on set. On the other hand, I almost certainly won’t watch the series anymore if Crawford is not on it. In fact, knowing that he’s an “emotionally abusive” asshole, I may pull the plug now.
That’s a shame, too, because his character was finally starting to recover from the grief of losing his wife. Unfortunately, it turns out, Crawford is apparently more like his character Teddy on the first season of Rectify than the third season Teddy. Why do characters with tortured souls always end up being played by torturous pricks?
Kind of makes one wonder, too, whether Alex Cruz left the show because of Crawford’s behavior or because he was written out?