That Time Danny Glover Had A Cameo in Maverick which is a Hilarious Nod to Lethal Weapon

If you haven’t seen the movie Maverick then I highly recommend that you do.  It’s a very underrated comedy starring Mel Gibson, James Garner, and Jodie Foster loosely based on a TV show that Garner starred in of the same name.    Looking back on the film there are a ton of hilarious lines as well as actors with parts in the film that were memorable.  James Coburn was awesome in this film, as was Alfred Molina and Graham Greene.  But perhaps the best appearance in the film was a short cameo by none other than Danny Glover.  Moviephone best described Glover’s cameo:

Maverick threatened to be too silly for its own good when it decided to capitalize on Richard Donner’s friendships and franchises, and invite Danny Glover in for a cameo. (There’s also a Goonie making a cameo in his gang, see if you can spot him.) This is the kind of wink-wink-nudge-nudge joke that should completely annoy me, but it doesn’t here. Maybe my love of Lethal Weapon runs too deep, or maybe I get too into meta-references and expanded universes, but I think it’s a fun parody. Sure, parts of it are eye-rolling and obvious (“I’m getting too old for this sh*t!”), but they could have been really lame and cast Glover as a straight-laced sheriff or Texas Ranger.

Instead, they let him play on the other side of the law, and it’s a nice touch to let Glover set off a bomb for once, and let the explosion mirror the smoke and debris that the loose cannon cops always leave behind. I also love how Glover’s look of greed upon beholding Geoffery Lewis’ stuffed pocketbook mirrors the scene in Lethal Weapon 2 when Riggs and Murtaugh find the Alba Varden cache. It’s a classic cameo, if only for the delightful implication that Riggs and Murtaugh have run into each other throughout American history.

Check it out below:


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