Not too long ago, word came down the pike that beloved icon Mr. T was not interested in doing a cameo appearance in the upcoming movie version of The A-Team, wherein Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is taking on the role of B.A. Baracus which T made famous. But today, director Joe Carnahan revealed that he’s still trying to make that happen. He’s brought in the other surviving members of the original A-Team – Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz – to play roles he won’t reveal, although he did admit “they are associated with their namesakes in the current film.” This leads us to believe they may be playing the fathers of Bradley Cooper and Sharlto Copley, respectively, but there’s plenty of room for surprise.
When asked about the erstwhile star of D.C. Cab and why he’s not going to be in it, Carnahan said “I don’t know that he’s not! That book is not yet closed. The thing with T is that he’s very vocal that he didn’t want to play anyone other than B.A. There’s this legacy. I mean, there have been a few tense moments out in the Vancouver nightlife with Rampage when people say, ‘you are playing Mr. T.’ and he very quickly corrects them, ‘I’m playing B.A. Baracus.’ Mr. T. is a guy. So we need to fight this tremendous legacy of who is the character B.A.”
Stay tuned, and know that if T doesn’t appear, it won’t be for lack of trying to pay homage to the man.