Deadly weapon stars Danny Glover and Mel Gibson weighed in on Richard Donner’s passing. On Monday, it was reported that Donner, who led the four Deadly weapon films with Glover and Mel Gibson, had died at the age of 91. As he also directed other iconic films like Superman: the movie, The Goonies, and The omenDonner has long been one of Hollywood’s most inspiring filmmakers, and the news of his death has left Hollywood in mourning.
Glover’s relationship with Donner and Gibson dates back decades, and as close friends of the late filmmaker, the two actors feel particularly heartbroken by the news. Glover, who found great fame with his role as Sgt. Roger Murtaugh in the Deadly weapon films, issued a statement following the news addressing his feelings. By deadline, here’s what the actor had to say.
“My heart is broken. Working with Dick Donner, Mel Gibson and the Lethal Weapon team was one of the proudest moments of my career. I will be forever grateful to him for the fact that Dick really cared. about me, my life and my family. We were friends and loved each other far beyond the collaboration for the screen and the success that the Lethal Weapon franchise has brought us. I will miss him so much. “
In the four Deadly weapon movies, Glover co-starred alongside Mel Gibson like Martin Riggs. In another statement provided to Deadline, Gibson opened up about the news of Donner’s death, and it was clearly quite difficult for him, too. As the statement says:
“Give! My friend, my mentor. Oh, the things I learned from him! He undermined his own talent and greatness with enormous humility, calling himself “just a traffic cop.” He left his ego at the door and demanded that of others. He was magnanimous in heart and soul, which he generously gave to all who knew him. If we accumulated all the good deeds that he has done, it would extend to an unexplored place in the firmament. I will miss him dearly, with all his mischievous mind and wisdom. “
Danny glover and Mel Gibson first appeared together in the original Deadly weapon in 1987. The actors would both reprise their roles for Lethal weapon 2 in 1989, Lethal weapon 3 in 1992, and Lethal weapon 4 in 1998. For years, Donner had launched the idea of making Lethal weapon 5 with Riggs and Murtaugh back for one final installment. In December 2020, Donner had confirmed his intention to direct the film himself, with the intention that the sequel would be the last film of his directorial career.
“It’s the last. It’s both my privilege and my duty to put him to bed. It’s exciting, actually… Hahaha! It’s the last, I promise,” he said. he told the Daily Telegraph at the time.
Sadly, Donner never got the chance to reunite with Glover and Gibson one last time. Either way, he leaves behind an incredible work. May he rest in peace. This news comes to us from Deadline.
Topics: Lethal weapon, Lethal weapon 5, Obituaries