Danny Glover recalls the origins of his famous “Lethal Weapon” line: “It’s one of those phrases that has gone viral.”

Murtaugh and Riggs (Danny Glover and Mel Gibson) are teaming up for the first time in Lethal Weapon, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. (Photo: Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection)

It’s been 35 years since then lethal Weapon Exploded into complications, but Danny Glover resident Not too old for this… well, you know. The film directed by Richard Donner, and a favorite written by Shane Black, premiered on March 6, 1987, and paired Los Angeles homicide sergeant Roger Murtaugh, exhausted by Glover, with Mel Gibson’s live drug cop, Martin Riggs. In addition to making it half of one of the most popular action movies and singles couples of all time, lethal Weapon He also gifted Glover with a special piece of dialogue he knows will live on after him: “I’m too old for this ***.”

“One of those lines has become a phenomenon,” the actor told Yahoo Entertainment in a 2016 interview with Role Recall, noting how fans often request that he incorporate it into autographs. I say, ‘What do you want me to wear there?’ And they say, ‘I’m too old for this ***.’ Or they say, ‘It’s my father’s, so tell him, you’re not too old for this ***.’

Watch the full Danny Glover interview below or go to 1:42 for lethal Weapon Section

Although it’s hard to imagine lethal Weapon Without the iconic Murtaugh streak, Black has since revealed that it was made into the film as an afterthought. In a 2016 interview with screen crushThe screenwriter and director said the entire scene was a “last minute idea” he and Donner put together about how Riggs and Murtaugh first met.

“There are two interesting things about this scene,” Black said. One, Riggs takes out his gun looking around for the guy with the gun and then realizes, ‘Okay, that’s I They want.’ And then, of course, [Murtaugh’s] Who has become the brand line of [movie]”Like Glover, Black remains amazed at the longevity of that 35-year-old sentence.” So much of this stuff, you get rid of it. “I’m too old for this shit” – it’s just kind of a roll and you can’t imagine getting creative in any way. “

It should be noted that Glover – who was 40 agile when he shot the first lethal Weapon – He deserves a writing credit for his classic handwriting. As the actor called out during his interview for the role of Recall, it came out of his mouth out of a moment. “I remember Dick Donner saying, ‘Give me something, give me something,'” Glover recalled. “Then the line came with that meaning. Who would have been afraid that a line like this would be used so much? I remember I walked past a group of New York City construction workers and they said, ‘I’m too old for this ***!”

Once he started saying it, Glover couldn’t stop; Murtaugh repeated his age-related complaint at the three lethal Weapon supplement. She has also appeared in a number of films made since then, with action features such as Trap And the death guide For such comedy as secret brother And the Anchorman.

And there’s a good chance the 75-year-old Glover would speak that line again if he comes back for it lethal weapon 5, which is currently in development at Warner Bros. After Donner’s death last year, Gibson takes over as director – despite the fact that he’s now a controversial figure in Hollywood. I called Danny [Glover] Up, of course, and said, “Hey, dude, is it okay if I channel this?” ‘ Gibson said recently Entertainment tonight. He said, ‘Yes, let’s go. “I know Danny would make it out really well too. He’s kind of a showy pony in this.” Obviously he’d never be too old for this ***.

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