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10 Facts About 'Lethal Weapon' We're Not Getting Too Old For

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Despite being 30 years old, Lethal Weapon is an action movie that's stood the test of time. One of the best buddy-cop pairings in movie history, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover are untouchable as Riggs and Murtagh. So much so, in fact, that they not only came back for a whopping THREE sequels, but there's even talks about a fifth one coming out in the near future!

We love it, you love it, freaking EVERYBODY loves Lethal Weapon. However, we're pretty sure even some of its biggest fans might not know these 10 facts about it.

It's a Christmas movie

Warner Bros.

Much like Die Hard (which we'll be talking about again later), Lethal Weapon takes place entirely at Christmas time, and as such means that you and your family should definitely throw it on this December!

It was directed by the same guy as Superman

Hollywood Reporter

Richard Donner was best-known at the time for directing the first two movies about the Man of Steel, as well as The Goonies, but he made his first of many leaps into action films with Lethal Weapon. Evidently he had a knack for it, because he directed all four Lethal Weapon movies, as well as Assassins with Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas.

Jackie Swanson did her own stunts

Warner Bros.

This includes the giant fall, which she was trained for extensively, and was made less dangerous thanks to hidden cushions and a set that featured a reduced size.

The original script was very different

Den of Geek

Shane Black (who would go on to direct movies like Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, and The Nice Guys) originally wrote the script in 1985 as a much darker story, with both Murtagh and Riggs suffering from intense PTSD and psychosis from serving in the Vietnam War.

The rest of these facts are pretty nuts...

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