In 1992, filmmaker Richard Donner and the Mel Gibson / Danny Glover duo returned behind and in front of the camera for “Lethal Weapon 3”. A third opus once again very successful. But did you notice these discreet references to the “Mad Max” saga?
Lethal Weapon 3: the greatest financial success of the saga
After two first opus released in 1987 and 1989the Warner Bros studios decides to ride on the success of those buddy movies cults by producing a third part of the saga The lethal Weapon in 1992. The filmmaker Richard Donner is back to directing while the trio Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Joe Pesci is also in front of the camera again.
A third episode once again cult, and which is placed, as a bonus, as the greatest success of the license. With over $321 million in box office receipts (for a budget of 35 million) Lethal Weapon 3 holds the financial record for the Quadrilogy. In all, the four films have grossed more than $955 million in box office receipts. Currently, Warner is working on a fifth opus, which will be directed by Mel Gibson himself.
Did you notice those little references to Mad Max?
Before becoming Martin Riggs, his character in The lethal WeaponMel Gibson was best known for being the face of Max in the saga Mad Max. He indeed becomes the famous pilot post-apocalyptic movie Mad Max as early as 1979. An iconic role that he subsequently resumed twice, for two other films also directed by George Miller. Even today, Max undoubtedly remains the most iconic role of his entire career. And Richard Donner was well aware of it.
It is for this reason that the filmmaker wanted to pay tribute to the work of his colleague George Miller in Lethal Weapon 3. Indeed, Richard Donner proposes some tasty nods to Mad Max 2 (entitled Mad Max: The Road Warrior in OV). In Lethal Weapon 3, Mel Gibson’s character tries to quit smoking. Martin Riggs then decides to eat dog biscuits to quell the urge to smoke. A little wink that refers to Mad Max 2. In George Miller’s film, Max is indeed forced to eat dog food to survive.
But there is even better. always in Lethal Weapon 3during the sequence of the chase in armored trucks, the driver Delores (played by Delores Hall) does not hesitate to shout “I am the warrior of the road”. In the original version, it gives: “I am the Road Warrior”.