Danny Glover and Mel Gibson reached career heights never thought, procuring ‘additional’ success as well as a loyal following in the “Lethal Weapon” series. However, not one of the following three sequels were as successful as “Lethal Weapon.”
‘Lethal Weapon 2’ assembled the same loyal following in addition to acquiring a new clique of followers, but it never reached the same numbers as the first.
Amazingly, the first was created and released with a budget of a mere $15 million. However, it grossed over $65 million worldwide. “Lethal Weapon II” grossed Over $147 million.
Action, thriller, murder, intrigue or all of the above! When Martin Riggs is teamed with Roger Murtaugh, the action begins. Riggs is much younger with a death wish. Murtaugh has a family and is not about to risk his life with this young, overly zealous, risk taker. He’s been warned by the department psychiatrist that Riggs is a time bomb waiting to go off. As as she puts it, “Riggs is hurting. He’s a time bomb about to explode. You want to be as far away as possible when he does.”
Little does Murtaugh realize Riggs will one day be the very best friend he has or ever will have as this risk taker, with his death defiant ways, is also one of the most loyal friends he will ever have. Riggs will be there until the end.
When you review the credits, it does seem to make the viewer wonder why Traci Wolfe didn’t go a little further in her career. She seemed to be focused on more often than most in supporting role. She also was featured in each additional sequel. Yet she only went on to appear in two additional roles. Once on episodes of “The Cosby Show” and again on “In the Heat of the Night.”
Mel Gibson – Martin Riggs
Danny Glover – Roger Murtaugh
Gary Busey – Joshua
Traci Wolfe – Rianne Murtaugh
Darlene Love – Trish Murtaugh