Sorry, Film Fans: Mr. T has turned down an opportunity to make a cameo appearance in the upcoming A-Team movie.
The 57-year-old actor – who became a pop culture star for his portrayal of BA Baracus on NBC’s crime-fighting ’80s series – has confirmed he won’t appear in the film adaptation when it opens in theaters this summer because it “just wouldn’t be right” to appear in the movie unless he has a major role.
….If that makes sense. (Shrugs…..)
“He said it wasn’t about money, because he turned down the chance to appear in the film before that was even discussed. He said it just wouldn’t be right for him to be in it. If his character BA Baracus isn’t the main guy, then why do it? What’s wrong with the film that they need him to make a cameo?” says Latino Review columnist George “El Guapo” Roush.
The star was also concerned the filmmakers would overuse his name to promote the movie.
“They would market the film with him being in it, and he didn’t want his friends and family to think he would have some big role when he wouldn’t,” Roush added. “He told me he has nothing against the cast or even the fact that they’re doing a remake. But a cameo is just something he wasn’t interested in. He said he’s very happy with his life right now and enjoys giving back to the community.”
The A-Team Movie — featuring Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Patrick Wilson, and Jessica Biel — is scheduled for release in July 2010.