A-Team original cast in film?
With the film version of The A-Team rapidly being made, and marking a personal landmark since it was the first ever story I wrote online many years ago, the television series may about to be surpassed and forgotten forever.
However the characters and the actors who originally played them may not be, as news comes that one has just completed a cameo role for the film.
Dwight Schultz played Mad Murdoch in the original television series and according to the site, The Official Dwight Schultz Fansite, the actor has been on location in Vancouver filming an undisclosed role for The A-Team.
"Sharlto Copely, the South African actor who plays Murdock, is according to Dwight: 'brilliant beyond words'. Dwight has seen his screen test and he stated: that honestly, if Sharlto is given an opportunity to do what I saw in that test, Murdock will be better than ever!"
Well that's good news indeed, but what of the other actors? Well obviously the great George Peppard won't be returning, and if he were alive would he want to be, or would he have felt that his more serious film career was more deserving of the notice than the television series?
So what of Dirk Benedict and Mr. T? Well the latter is still playing the character for chocolate bar adverts, so why not reappear for something complimentary in the new film? I suspect he'd do it. I think Benedict may be the difficult one to pull into the film.
Mind you, I don't think it actually matters, and while they might be nods to the original I firmly believe now that this film has to walk away from what the series was and concentrate on what it is itself. It has to cut new ground and leave the television show behind it, don't you?