'Lethal Weapon': Showrunner Matt Miller speaks about Seann William Scott's entry in third season
After Clayne Crawford was asked to move out following improper behavior on sets, Sean will now be Damon Wayans' buddy-in-crime as the two solve crime together in the new season.
Showrunner Matt Miller opened up about shooting the upcoming third season of Fox's 'Lethal Weapon', with new recruit Seann William Scott, and revealed how his character will be revealed in the new season. During an interview with Deadline at the Fox TCA Party, the developer/ executive producer/ showrunner said, "So far it’s been an absolutely charmed first two weeks." Scott is set to replace Clayne Crawford who was asked to leave the show following some on-set behavior issues.
Crawford had apparently lost his cool while shooting for the ninth episode of the second season when he grew agitated due to the continuous interruption of noise while filming an extremely crucial scene. Variety received a video footage where Crawford was seen yelling out explicitly: "Shut the f–k up! Goddamnit Newman, f–king they’re right here! Get somebody in here with an f–king walkie and shut ’em the f–k up! Or did we not pay for this f–king place? If we did, shut ’em the f–k up!” Following his behavior, an assistant director resigned on the spot blaming Crawford for his decision
Regarding recruiting Scott as his replacement, Crawford had posted a picture on Instagram to congratulate the team of 'Lethal Weapon'.
Although Crawford's behavior had triggered the possibility for 'Lethal Weapon' not returning with the third season, Miller lost no time in recruiting the 'American Pie' star for the show. Scott's is set to play the character of Wesley Cole whose last name is an homage to Lorna Cole, played by Rene Russo in the third and fourth film. However, Miller specified that there aren't any parallels between the two Coles. Wesley Cole's character came to Miller when he was reading an article in the New Yorker. He explained, "It was about a CIA agent who had served overseas in Iraq and had become very disillusioned...He came back and became a cop but his philosophy as a cop was not to run in and shoot people, take down bad guys. What he was looking to do is always defuse the situations as opposed to escalating them.”
Although Cole will serve the same purpose as the show's "lethal weapon", just like Riggs who was played by Crawford, yet this character is very different from Riggs who was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department's Narcotics Division.
Miller explained, "He is the opposite to Riggs who had a lot of anger and a lot of angst, who is looking to go in and maybe shoot all the bad guys...This is a guy who is looking to go into a situation with the bad guys and say, ‘ok, guys we can talk about this’. Of course, the situations evolve always, chaos follows him wherever he goes; we still want the action comedy, all the explosions, all the drama all the set pieces.”
Miller also explained that since the show's actual "lethal weapon" Riggs was now out, he had to be replaced with someone new who would act as a catalyst for the show.
"At the same time, because of the fact that Riggs was the lethal weapon in the show, when he’s gone you need a new catalyst for the show, new energy and someone who by definition could qualify as the lethal weapon.”
Cole will probably be introduced in a similar way as Riggs was in the pilot episode making the opening episode of Season 3 feel like the series premiere. "We are going to meet him abroad, see the circumstances, the tragedy that sends him back to LA. At the same time, we are going to wrap up Riggs’ demise.”
Miller also throws some light on what happens to Murtaugh following Riggs' departure. "He wears the same sweats for weeks, people think he is homeless, walks around the house in an old bathrobe; he can’t move past Riggs." Miller further pointed out that Cole will take up Riggs' position as Murtaugh's partner at a time when Murtaugh cannot get over Riggs' memory. "At the same time we will meet Cole who has now moved to LA to try and reconnect with his family, and he’s got a job as a uniformed police officer. He’s working as a uniform cop at the same time as Murtaugh is pursuing Riggs’ demise and has been chasing these bad guys. That’s how they both meet and realize that they have to work together.”
Damon Wayans who plays the role of Murtaugh confessed that he gets along better with Scott than he ever did with Crawford. While explaining how his character copes with situations following Riggs' demise and finally meeting with Cole, Wayans said, "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."
He also added, "Cole is an ex-CIA agent working on the same case, chasing mercenaries, investigating, solving crime together...It is love at first crime.”