We know what all of you were thinking when you heard about the new A-Team movie: Who could possibly fill Mr. T's shoes as the crabby, macho, fool-pitying B.A. Baracus?
Then we heard it was going to be Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, who beat out Common for the role. Really? This was down to a mixed martial artist and a rapper, neither really well known for their acting talents? We thought B.A. deserved better than that. Even Robert Downey Jr. in black face sounded better.
But then we saw this video:
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Most of the video consists of Entertainment Tonight interviewing Bradley Cooper (perfectly cast as Faceman, by the way) and the gorgeous Jessica Biel (playing an Army general??). But they also get a few words in with Rampage, and even a quick glimpse at the new B.A. yelling at the new Murdock (District 9's Sharlto Copley).
Well, after seeing that little snippet of on-set action, as brief as it was, makes us feel a whole lot better about this new A-Team movie. While we would have preferred Mr. T, because well, Mr. T. basically is B.A. Baracus in real life, it looks like Joe Carnahan and Rampage Jackson have done a good job keeping the tone and spirit of the original character alive.
A-Team is set to roll into theaters June 11, 2010.