Hulu's anthology horror, 'Into the Dark,' has added another popular name to its cast members with Clayne Crawford. But this talent isn't the only thing Hulu will be acquiring, as with Crawford, also comes his super loyal, and massive fanbase who have been ardent supporters of the star through thick and thin, especially when controversies surrounding his exit from 'Lethal Weapon' were at an all-time high.
Crawford, known for playing the 'mad cop' Martin Riggs in 'Lethal Weapon' for two steady seasons, was suddenly replaced in the third season after what is believed to have been a conflict between him and his co-lead on the show, Damon Wayans. But while Crawford's character on the show, Martin, was a crazy cop, taking insane risks and always being drunk on the job after the death of his wife, and unborn child, in the June episode of 'Into the Dark's, things are going to be vastly different. In that, far from the crazy cop persona, Crawford's role will be that of a doting father in the upcoming episode that will focus on Father's Day, following 'Into the Dark's patterns of monthly episodes revolving around a festival or an event signifying the month.
Clayne Crawford Just Landed His First TV Role Post-Lethal Weapon pic.twitter.com/Ak4AomHCNX— elmahdi annis (@AnnisAnnismhdi) March 12, 2019
Regardless of this shift, however, what is really exciting about Crawford's involvement, is the vast fanbase he will be bringing in for the show. Even when controversies surrounding his 'Lethal Weapon' exit were rife, and all fingers were pointed in Crawford's way, "over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment”, his fans stood by his side and never digressed for a single day. They even rallied to get the show off air with movements like #LethalFail and #BoycottLethal Weapon, after it was announced that Wayans had stopped talking to Crawford after the duo fell out, and the latter was even disciplined on set several times.
The fans' outrage escalated when Crawford's character was eventually killed off on the show, because to them, all that mattered was the actor's claims of his reported on-set outbursts being “blatant f—king lies” - something that he addressed in an interview four months after his 'Lethal Weapon' exit. So something tells us, with him returning to TV series once again, as thrilled as fans will be to see him in this new, totally unlike-Martin Riggs avatar, they will also be super excited to bombard the show with their love, support, and loyalty, just the way they have with the actor all through his year-long hiatus from TV.
'Lethal Weapon' showrunner Matt Miller had also shared with MEA WorldWide exclusively about the loyalty of Crawford's fans saying "They are people that watch a television show and fell in love with a character and they don't want to let that character go. We take it to be a testament to how successfully we were able to tell our show in the first two seasons that it's difficult for them to let go of the character that they know from television. It's hard for them to let go of that and because of social media, now they have an outlet."
And if his words are a testimony to how actively Crawford's fans react on social media whenever there's a piece of new industry news about the actor, expect social media to buzz and boom in the coming few months, until its finally time for 'Into the Dark's episode 9, titled 'They Come Knocking' to arrive. As per latest updates, the episode "will find the actor playing a recent widower who takes his two daughters on a road trip where he finds his family in the crosshairs of terrifying supernatural entities," shared TV Line. The cast will also showcase Josephine Langsford, Robyn Lively, Lia McHugh, and Dwight Hicks alongside Crawford.