Mr T, the actor who originally played Sergeant BA Baracus, said last month that he pitied the fool who had packed the new film with sex and violence.
After attending a screening of Joe Carnahan's adaptation, he said: "People die in the film and there's plenty of sex but when we did it, no one got hurt and it was all played for fun and family entertainment. These seem to be elements nobody is interested in anymore. It was too graphic for me.”
But Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the former Ultimate Fighting Champion who plays BA Baracus in the film, said the new adaptation was more than a match for the original.
“I guess it's a tough role to take, big shoes to fill," he said. "But the trick is not to try and fill those shoes, but to go around it, and – bam! – that's what I did. I was just myself."
He admitted that Mr T had not been in touch to offer any words of encouragement since attacking the film last month.
“I've never met him, and I'm kind of upset with you Mr. T – you know how to get in touch with me," he said.
Jackson ran into controversy last month when he declared that "acting is kind of gay".
He added: "It makes you soft. You got all these people combing your hair and putting a coat over your shoulders when you’re cold.”
Carnahan claimed that Mr T’s views had been misrepresented by the media.
"T and I have spoken and I've showed him a lot of the movie and he was quoted completely out of context in a way I know was not right because T is not the kind of guy to go bad on anybody,” he said.
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