Contributed by: Travis Milloy
The original script introduced Riggs walking along the beach and finding the dog being tormented by drunks. Riggs pretends he can communicate with the dog and tells the bullies what the dog is thinking, asking Riggs to beat them up. And he does. The dog follows Riggs home.
Right before Murtaugh goes to the building that Amanda has jumped from and meets Dixie the hooker for the first time, there's a scene that was cut from the original movie. The scene involves Riggs going to a school where a sniper is taking shots at some kids. Riggs being a nutter and on a death wish, simply walks into the middle of the playground, the sniper fires at him and misses, Riggs eggs him on to have another shot, he does, but as soon as he pops up, Riggs empties his gun at him, then simply walks off. Suprisingly, this scene was shown when UK Channel 5 broadcast Lethal Weapon on TV.
Contributed by: C.T. Warren
In the mid-90's, two sequels after Lethal Weapon, both Mel & Danny swore there would be no more, not wanting to "trivialize" what they had done. Nevertheless, LW4 was released in 1998, apparently to wrap up a few storylines. Before that, however, Danny made a cameo in Mel's 1994 western comedy "Maverick". He played the bank robber Maverick pulled the bandanna off, triggering a humorous 'don't I know you?' moment. Danny might've even delivered Murtaugh's tagline, "I'm too old for this."!
Contributed by: Ryan Long
In the final showdown between Riggs and Joshua on Murtaugh's lawn, there is a rather jarring transition between the first few seconds of the fight and the rest, with spotlights and helicopters appearing out of nowhere. Apparently, an extra 4 minutes of footage was shot, but was excised for pacing purposes. Since this footage doesn't appear on the Director's Cut or anywhere else, one can only assume it's lost forever.
Contributed by: Robert Baum
In the scene where Gibson is first seen in his trailer contemplating suicide, there is an actual bullet in the chamber which Gibson was pointing at his head, thinking that it would allow for a greater sense of portraying the scene realistically and dramatically--and foolishly.
The beat cop at the beginning of lethal weapon 3 that directs Riggs and Murtaugh is the the jumper from lethal weapon 1.
Noel Matthews kindly clarifies: Mic Rodgers (Mr Gibson's stunt double for a long period of time, starting with LW1) is the beat cop at the start of LW3, but was featured as McCleary's stunt-double for the suicidal office worker. He also appeared as the bus driver who hits General McCallister's car on Hollywood Blvd.
The house that got firebombed had previously served as the family home in "The Partridge Family" and the Kravitz's home in "Bewitched".
The scene just before Roger and Martin go to the jumper, Riggs is getting a hot dog. In the background is a cinema marquee advertising the movie The Lost Boys
, which Richard Donner
was also an executive producer of.
said of playing the part of Joshua: "I had butterflies, I'd never played a bad guy and no one had seen me since I'd lost 60 pounds and got back into shape. But I decided to take the initiative in order to have the opportunity to work with Dick, Joel, Mel and Danny. I'm constantly looking for someone to pull the best performance out of me and any of those guys could. They even talked me into dying my hair!"
(Michael Hunsaker) explains the "Air America" CIA operation in Laos during the Vietnam War. Mel Gibson starred in Air America (1990), a pilot for the CIA's private airline operating in Laos during the Vietnam War.
Legendary stuntman Dar Robinson was killed in a motorcycle accident shortly after principal photography was finished on Lethal Weapon. Richard Donner dedicated "Lethal Weapon" to Robinson.
Contributed by: Joe Rosson
In the scene when Mel (Riggs) and Danny (Murtaugh) are escaping from the back of the night club, the guy they shot and killed and fell over hanging upside down is the late Dar Robinson.
Franco Zeferelli reportedly decided to offer Mel Gibson the role of Hamlet after seeing his suicide contemplation scene in Lethal Weapon.
When questioning the kid, Riggs makes several sarcastic references to "Sesame Street". A little more than half a decade later, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover would be playing Riggs and Murtaugh on "Sesame Street", in a Monsterpiece Theater sketch entitled "Lethal Weapon 3", where they ducked and covered from a gigantic stone number 3 that fell from the sky.
Contributed by: &Quot;BEL&Quot;
Later Danny Glover & Gary Busey both go on to work together with director Joel Silver on the Predator 2 movie...
What follows are trivia items we now believe
are bogus. Some of them will have explanations, some will not. We just leave 'em
in for interest, really.
The office worker jumper is none other the Tim Burns who plays Johnny the Boy in Mel's break out movie "Mad Max".
Update: Dave wrote in to correct: The actor's name is listed in IMDB as Michael Shaner, not Tim Burns. The part in Lethal Weapon is named McCleary, and is listed in the credits and IMDB as belonging to Michael Shaner.