"Now that's a real badge, I'm a real cop, and this is a real f*cking gun!"
Shane Black is making headlines today as the co-writer and director of Marvel Studios' latest superhero movie, Iron Man 3, but back in the late '80s and early '90s Black made headlines for being the hottest screenwriter in Hollywood. Black sold his first screenplay — Lethal Weapon — at the age of 23 for $250,000 and was the highest paid screenwriter in the business less than a decade later. Tonight, we're going to revisit Black's early success with the one-two punch of Lethal Weapon and Lethal Weapon 2.
The first movie introduces homicide detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), a by-the-book family man on the verge of retirement. Much to his chagrin, Murtaugh is partnered with suicidal narcotics officer Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) to investigate an apparent suicide that puts them on the scent of a heroin-smuggling ring.
The sequel picks up pretty much right where the first movie left off, with Riggs shooting first and asking questions later and Murtaugh lamenting, "I'm too old for this sh*t." After the pair discover a trunk full of smuggled South African Krugerrands, they become the target of the smugglers and are forced to take on another case, protecting a whistleblower by the name of Leo Getz (Joe Pesci). Getz turns out to be linked to the smugglers, however, which puts Riggs and Murtaugh right back in the crosshairs of the South African diplomat (Joss Ackland) behind the operation.lethal weapon 1 & 2
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