Richard Norton

  1. Mel Gibson, Lethal Weapon, 1986.   In all, 39 possibilities for the off-kilter, ’Nam vet cop Martin Riggs – not as mentally-deranged as in early drafts (he used a rocket launcher on one guy!)  Some ideas were inevitable: Alec Baldwin, Michael Biehn (shooting Aliens), Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Al Pacino, Sean Penn, William Petersen, Dennis Quaid, Christopher Reeve, Kurt Russell, Charlie Sheen, Sylvester Stallone, John Travolta, Bruce Willis. Some were inspired: Bryan Brown, Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum (he inherited Gibson’s role in The Fly),  William Hurt (too dark for Warner Bros), Michael Keaton, Michael Madsen, Liam Neeson, Eric Roberts. Some were insipid: Jim Belushi, Pierce Brosnan, Kevin Costner, Kevin Kline, Stephen Lang, Michael Nouri (he joined another  cop duo in The Hidden),  Patrick Swayze. Plus TV cops  Don  Johnson, Tom Selleck… three foreign LA cops:  Austrian Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dutch Rutger Hauer and French Christophe(r) Lambert. And the inevitable (Aussie) outsider Richard Norton…the Melbourne martial artist, stuntichian, bodyguard-trainer for David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, etc,  went to LA to do the same for Linda Ronstadt and expected to be home in a month. He’s still there. 
  2. Elias Koteas, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, 1989.    Losing the first live-action Turtle hardly held him back… Sword of the Bushido, Ironheart, Iron Fist, Walker Texas Ranger, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Mad Max: Fury Road, etc.

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