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Lethal Weapon - Show's Future in Danger Over Clayne Crawford's Behavior *Updated*

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24th April 2018 - More Details About On-Set Environment

They had the makings of America’s next favorite TV duo — popular comedian Damon Wayans and character actor Clayne Crawford taking on the iconic Lethal Weapon roles played by Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in the popular movie franchise. But two seasons into the Lethal Weapon series, they are hardly speaking to each other.

However, behind the success, there had been on-set tensions. There were alleged incidents involving Crawford, including him having an outburst in the middle of a scene, and an actor suffering minor injury during an episode Crawford was directing. Those incidents, along with other contributing factors, led to things on the show escalating to a point where it is in danger of cancellation.

I hear the actor involved was Wayans. I hear the incident happened on the second day of filming the episode, and production already had been behind because Wayans had called in sick the first day. Following the shrapnel incident, Wayans was sent home for the day and when he returned to work, he set limitations to what he was willing to do in the episode, including not holding a gun or running down stairs, citing safety concerns. I hear that led to an argument with Crawford, with Crawford using strong words to tell Wayans how he felt about him.

24th April 2018 - Response from Clayne Crawford

Lethal Weapon is the youngest and highest rated of the three Warner Bros. TV drama series for Fox, so its renewal had been considered a no-brainer. But a behind-the scene issue involving one of the two leads, Clayne Crawford, is making a third season a rather complex proposition.

I have learned that Crawford has had a history of bad behavior on the show. I hear he has been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment. I hear the issue has escalated to a point where other actors as well as crew on Lethal Weapon would feel uncomfortable being on set with Crawford. The problem is threatening the future of the show, with a recasting — a rare and dramatic move when involving a lead of an established series — being explored. Fox and Warner Bros. TV declined comment.


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