Former Lethal Weapon actor Clayne Crawford gets candid about the firing and defends his 'intimidating behavior' on set
Crawford was featured on the podcast Drinkin' Bros where he confessed that he never thought he would be fired from the show
Actor Clayne Crawford has finally spoken out about his firing from the TV series 'Lethal Weapon'. The actor, who played the co-lead character of Martin Riggs, was fired from the show after his alleged intimidating behavior on set and was unofficially replaced by actor Sean William Scott. There was also an audio track leaked earlier that revealed the confrontation between Crawford and co-star Damon Wayans, who played the character of Murtagh.
Crawford was featured on the podcast 'Drinkin' Bros' where he confessed that he never thought he would be fired from the show. He said: "It's a little different when you replace Becky or the mom off of 'Fresh Prince'. If they'd replaced the Fresh Prince, we'd have been like, 'What the f**k are we watching anyway?'. That's why I just didn't think it was possible. I didn't think they were going to get rid of me, I guess. And if they did, I thought they'd give me a buzz."
Crawford also spoke out about the footage that showed him venting his anger on the crew because he was allegedly frustrated with people in a pool nearby making a lot of noise. The actor has since denied that there was a pool and called the incident a "blatant f****** lie". He also claimed that he yelled at the assistant director out of frustration because the show was behind schedule due to noise interruptions, reported the Digital Spy.
He said: "I snapped. Should I have gone to my trailer? 100%. Should I have just gone and waited? That's what I was instructed to do when there was a problem – you go sit in your trailer and you lock your door and you take a nap. Hollywood is very sensitive, so I should not have screamed and yelled because it's a bunch of very delicate flowers out there."
When talking about his confrontation with Wayans, his former co-star, he claimed that the tension is just a part of the job. He said: "It's like sports, which we take very seriously and there's no life or death. There's a lot of screaming and yelling. It's sometimes, it's f**king necessary to get the job done when there's a clock ticking. Not in Hollywood. People are very sensitive nowadays, and here's the thing – go for it. Go try and make 'Apocalypse Now' where everyone's trying to have a good time and being sweet. Go. Go, I just want you to f**king go and make 'Shawshank Redemption' and everyone have a great time and it's never difficult for anyone."
Crawford had issued a public apology before and confirmed that he had been "reprimanded twice during this past season". He had written: "I am incredibly sorry if my passion for doing good work has ever made anyone feel less than comfortable on our set, or feel less than celebrated for their efforts. Furthermore, I apologize to all the crew and cast for any negative attention 'Lethal Weapon' is receiving because of these incidents."
Lethal Weapon airs on Fox in the US and ITV in the UK.