Making Of...
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Lethal Weapon Behind The Scenes

Lethal Weapon Picture
...Two cops who don't always see 'eye to eye'
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1987 Action / Adventure movie starring Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Gary Busey et al.
Contributed by: Ryan Long
"Lethal Weapon" was originally scripted to have a different opening scene. In it, Riggs is sitting alone in a bar getting drunk. He finishes off one bottle of Jack Daniels and orders another, but the bartender, both concerned for and wary of Riggs, cuts him off. Riggs stumbles into the back and is accosted by two hoodlums. He tries to warn them off, but they don't listen. He ends crippling up them and the bartender is not surprised. He tells Riggs as a friend to get out. Richard Donner felt it was too dark to open the film with. He felt that with the show of violence, viewers would judge Riggs' character before they got the chance to know him. Hence, he changed Riggs' introduction to the lighter, funnier morning scene in his trailer
Contributed by: Ryan Long
"Lethal Weapon" was originally intended to be a one-shot movie (no sequels). The original ending had Riggs and Murtaugh, battle-scarred but alive, saying goodbye to each other outside of police headquarters. They exchange a few kind words and Riggs drives off. But the good old movie execs, smelling big bucks franchise potential, wanted an ending that'd leave open the possibility of a sequel. So the ending with Riggs coming to Murtaugh's house for Christmas dinner was shot.
Contributed by: politeintruder
Writer and creator Shane Black was eventually replaced for the sequels because ironically, at the time, he sorely did not like or agree with making the movies as comedic as they were. When if his recent 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' is any indication, he sure did change his mind on that aspect.
Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
Contributed by: darrell hill
There was a scene in lethal weapon, where they give Riggs and Murtaugh a call involving an accident, and Murtaugh jokingly describes his daughter's boyfriend, we they arrives on scene, the boyfriend had been killed and his daughter kidnapped.
Alternate Versions
Sometimes, there will be several versions of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may release a special cut of the movie.
Contributed by: BHG
Lethal Weapon was recently released as a director's cut on DVD and includes deleted scenes adding 7 minutes to the running time. Such as Riggs replacing the tv he threw the beer bottle through in a previous scene and a scene where Riggs confronts a sniper shooting at children from an adjacent building.
Lethal Weapon