Over my dead body in the frozen wastes of hell Mr. Ice Cube! We get wind today that Mr. Cube has shown interest in the upcoming A-Team movie, and would like to fill the golden shoes of the Immortal T in the role of B.A. Barracus. We get the scoop from blackfilm.com via the movieweb:
Blackfilm.com spoke to Ice Cube who was promoting his latest film First Sunday and was asked about the possibility of being cast in the film adaptation of the 80s television series The A-Team. When was asked if he would consider taking on the role of BA Baracus, Ice Cube said “Hell yeah, especially with John Singleton directing!”
He was then asked what he would bring to the character, which the actor/rapper responded”I wouldn’t try to duplicate what Mr. T did, but I will have the same impact on you when you were little watching the TV show. I’m going to bring my own flavor to it and I am going to do the mohawk.”
I will give kudos to Ice Cube for being willing to dawn the mohawk of power, and I certainly cannot blame the man for wanting the role; but I hope his dreams are dashed against the rocks and shattered into splinters. I like NWA and some of Ice Cube’s solo music work – but the dude is weak in everything I have seen him in as an actor. Finding someone to replace Mr.T is hard enough, I would argue that it is impossible and still want him on as the only original member of the cast. But if a concession has to be made Michael Clark Duncan’s name has been thrown around and that is a dude that may be over to pull off the role. What he lacks in charisma – he makes up in sheer size. B.A. is the muscle and you need him to be an imposing wall of threat and doom.
I am getting a little tired of TV remakes being butchered, bastardized and handled in a piss poor fashion. When i grew up with the show, and loved the show – It hurts even more. The A-Team rules and has stood the test of time as a bastion of machismo, and celebration of the vigilante; we want to see the film – but please make it a good one. Ice Cube is the wrong guy for the part – nip this dream in the bud, slam on the breaks, picket in the streets and burn a barn if you have to. I say thee nay!