Chal­leng­ing act

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DA­MON Wayans ( right) can def­i­nitely iden­tify with his lead role in the up­com­ing TV re­boot of buddy cop film se­ries Lethal Weapon. His char­ac­ter, LAPD de­tec­tive Roger Mur­taugh – fa­mously played by Danny Glover in the films – has just got­ten back to work after re­cov­er­ing from a heart at­tack. “I had a tu­mour on my pi­tu­itary and they went in through my nose and took it out ... So when I read ( the

Lethal Weapon pilot script), that’s what touched me ini­tially. I can re­late to this guy,” Wayans tells The Toronto Sun. The 55- year- old ac­tor who is known for his comedic roles in

My Wife And Kids and In Liv­ing Color, even goes on to say he can’t imag­ine tak­ing on the role had he not went through the med­i­cal or­deal. “I didn’t have the is­sues that this char­ac­ter has,” he ex­plains. Some may won- der if it was daunt­ing for Wayans and his co- stars to have to play roles al­ready made fa­mous by some­one else; can they live up to view­ers’ ex­pec­ta­tions? Clayne Craw­ford who plays Mur­taugh’s part­ner Martin Riggs ( for­merly played by Mel Gib­son), def­i­nitely doesn’t think so. In fact, that’s why he signed on to the project. “I thought there was a real chal­lenge, like there is when you do theatre, playing these roles that we’ve seen peo­ple play 100 times and bring­ing some­thing new to it,” Craw­ford, 38, shares with TV Line. “This ob­vi­ously is not ( King) Lear, but I was like, ‘ What can I do dif­fer­ently with Riggs, that Mel Gib­son didn’t do?’ ” – Ken­neth Chaw Lethal Weapon pre­mieres Sept 22 at 7.55pm on Warner TV HD ( Hyp­pTV Ch 613).

Photo: AP

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