'Lethal Weapon': First look of Seann William Scott's character reveals him to be as lethal as his predecessor
Seann William Scott replaced Clayne Crawford as Damon Wayans' partner after allegations against the actor over inappropriate behavior on set.
After replacing Clayne Crawford, who played the character of Martin Riggs in 'Lethal Weapon', with Seann William Scotts's Detective William Cole, Fox has released the first look of the 'American Pie' actor in his new role, appearing pretty lethal himself.
Standing alongside his partner Roger Murtaugh (played by Damon Wayans), Scott's Cole can be seen sharing a beer with his partner at the back of a boat.
In the new promo, quite aptly title 'New Partner', Murtaugh tells Cole, "I take this partnership thing very seriously." Although it hasn't been revealed how his former partner died, Murtaugh will probably come to terms with the fact that he needs to move on with his new partner. Cole, on the other hand, appears to be a death-dealing character, just as fatal as his predecessor. However, since it is Scott, the character will surely have its own share of humorous affairs to offer, as the third season takes the struggle forward.
The rest of the promo puts the spotlight on Scott, who seems to reassure viewers that the "new partner" is just a perfect fit for the clan. He seems to share a similar indifference about his own well-being as Riggs and doesn't mind ripping off a few bones if necessary. The action sequences on the show spiked with Scott's Stifler-like take offs makes him just the perfect choice to be a new member of the show. As the release of the third season is scheduled for as early as September 25, the upcoming promos will probably give viewers a better look into the character's development.
After Riggs' departure, Murtaugh finds it difficult to cope with the death of his partner. Cole's character, in a large way, plays the role of pulling Murtaugh out of his mourning state and getting him back on the field. As Wayans explained, disclosing Cole as "an ex-CIA agent working on the same case" as Murtaugh, "right now Murtaugh is mourning the death of his friend so he is not that happy, silly Murtaugh, but I think what they want to do with the Wesley Cole character is, he is the light that Murtaugh needs to be pulled back from the dark." Probably their bond will only get stronger since the two will embark on a ride "chasing mercenaries, investigating, solving crime together" and "it is love at first crime."
Scott replaced Crawford following allegations against his inappropriate behavior on set. In a statement that he posted on Instagram, Crawford elaborated on the two incidents which were responsible behind Warner Bros. reprimanding him. The first was related to his angry response to working under a guest director and assistant director; the second was regarding an episode he was directing where an actor felt unsafe when a piece of sharpnel hit him during the shooting.
However, it was all done and dusted when Warner Bros. and Fox put Crawford out of the team and welcomed Scott into the series. Michael Thorn, president of entertainment in Fox, said, "Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast. Lethal Weapon is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can’t wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen.” Scott is best known for his character Stifler in 'American Pie', however, he has also acted in several action-comedies including, 'Stark Ravin Mad', 'Bulletproof Monk', and 'The Rundown'.
He had mentioned that he had practically loved playing Stifler which further led him to take up similar roles. "I love that character so much and I don’t really know if I set out to play those kinds of guys. But as I was reading scripts or I got offered parts early on, I thought, ‘I don’t care about being typecast.’ Those characters are so much fun. I’d rather be that guy than more of, like, the straight guy. So, maybe I typecasted myself. I don’t really care."
Watch the new promo below: