Actor Mr. T claims the big screen adaptation of "The A-Team" is not family-friendly like the cult programme he starred in as BA Baracus – who is played in the new film by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson – from 1983 to 1987, and he turned down a cameo role because he was unhappy with the plot.
He said: “They offered me a cameo role, but I turned it down because I knew what was coming.
“People die in the film and there’s plenty of sex, but when we did it, no one got hurt, and it was all played for fun and family entertainment. These seem to be elements nobody is interested in any more.
“It was too graphic for me. I’ve no doubt it will do big business at the box office, but it’s nothing like the show we turned out every week.”
Actor Dirk Benedict has previously spoken out about feeling “insulted” at being handed a “three second” role in the film – to be screened in the UK next month – because the producers wanted to say they had used the original cast.
Dirk – whose role of Templeton "Faceman" Peck has been taken on by Bradley Cooper – said: “If you blink, you’ll miss me. I kind of regret doing it, because it’s a non-part. They wanted to be able to say, ‘Oh yeah, the original cast are in it’, but we’re not. I’m on for a mere three seconds, and I find that kind of insulting.”
"The A-Team" will be released in UK cinemas on July 30.