As the South African explained on 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 11PM ET on TBS), the actor established an 'A-Team' gang when he was 11 years old. When a rival A-Team band of kids started up, the two gangs had "war on the field" after school.
"We had a fight, and my gang won," said Copley, who fought the other team's Murdock with a stick. Copley even had a birthday cake that proved his fandom -- and confirmed the political and cultural importance of Mr. T. "That [was] a black iconic character in apartheid-era South Africa. That was the power of Mr. T to cross cultural, racial barriers."
B.A., Faceman, Murdock and Hannibal live on in movie theaters this week, but what's up with the actors (and actresses ... there were a few) who first made 'The A-Team' one of TV land's most beloved band of renegades? We pity the fools who don't read on and find out ...
Oh, come on, get your mind out of the gutter! I'm talking, of course, about the strategy board game from Mego in the 70s. The game was called Ball Buster, and the object of the game was (and I'm not kidding) "to bust your opponents balls." Take a look at the video of the commercial after the jump. It wouldn't be so funny if the announcer wasn't trying to sound all sleazy and knowing ("and for adults, it's exciting"). The wink by the mom at the end doesn't help either. I can picture the cast of Swingtown playing this.
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Ever since they appeared on Saturday morning, The Super Friends have been a veritable gold mine for wacky videos. The following is a short list of some of my favorite short videos starring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the gang.
I thought I had seen everything Mr. T has done, but this commercial is completely new to me. You should skip to the bottom of this post and watch it, then come back here for my analyzation. Okay, then.
So, the commercial starts off with a soccer game, and one player overplaying his injury a little too much. We cut to a scene of Mr. T driving a tank toward the soccer field. He smashes two cars along the way: did those cars have people in them? Mr. T does not care. Mr. T has bigger things on his mind: big, nutty chocolaty things.
This week T gets a letter from the East Coast Dance Company, where the stage moms are clashing with the teacher, Leann. It's really not a pretty scene. Lots of women yelling at each other, and kids rolling their eyes. You got your work cut out for you, T.
"Deyah Mistah Tee, my name is Kristin, and I work at Metrostar Realty heeyah in Brookyln, New Yawk. I love real estate, and I love my job, but we got issues."
Boy, do they. Based on the first five minutes the cameras are in this office, you'd want to jump out one of the windows. It looks more like an episode of The Real World than a real estate office. Everyone is at each other's throats. Gene, the owner of the business is never at the office, and when he's gone the office goes nuts. He's a weak leader with a head of curly hair that would make Art Garfunkel jealous.
Part Old Navy commercial, part Super Nanny and part train wreck, Mr. T invades a different locale each week and dishes out his irascible wisdom to the poor fools that he so pities. If you took "fool," "jibba jabba," "sucka," and the ability to rhyme away from T, he would literally fall apart -- especially without those chains holding him together.
If you happen to be an insomniac or someone who just wakes up really early, and you really enjoyed the animated series Mister T and The Super Globetrotters, then November is your month, Maynerd. The original Mister T cartoon, which I only vaguely remember and had something to do with T and his gang of gymnasts fighting bad guys, will follow the late seventies Super Globetrotters cartoon, a series in which the basketball wunderkinds would occasional develop super powers to battle the forces of evil. The shows will air on Cartoon Network at 5:00 a.m. starting November 5. I never did watch the Globetrotters, and any memories of Mister T has been replaced by Robert Smigel's "TV Funhouse" version. I guess that's not entirely a bad thing.
"As a spiritual man, I felt it would be a sin against my God for me to wear all that gold again because I spent a lot of time with the less fortunate," he told the critics gathered in Pasedena as he promoted his new TV Land show I Pity the Fool.
How very thoughtful of T. Of course, he's also 54 years old and has gone through numerous health problems over the last decade or so, so he could also just be... let's say the chains might have been wearing the poor guy down. Just take a look at the picture that accompanied this article in most markets, which was shot four years ago. He's carrying a gold-plated frying pan around his neck! How much must that thing weigh? I'm sure his chiropractor had as much to do with this decision as a sense philanthropy. Good for him either way; the eighties have been over for quite a long time.
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