Trivia: The A-Team

Series
  • Acting for Two: Quite often, especially among actors playing villains. Notable examples include:
    • George Peppard playing Hannibal, and a mook that Hannibal in the episode "Judgement Day."
    • Jack Ging is not readily apparent until you've watched the show twice - he played single episode villains in two different episodes ("A Small And Deadly War" and "Bad Time On The Border") before taking on the role of recurring character General "Bull" Fullbright.
    • Clifton James also appeared as two different characters.
  • Actor Allusion:
    • In an episode with a science fiction con, a guy in a original Galactica Cylon suit walks past "Face". In the episode in question, it's actually Hannibal in the costume. The Actor Allusion was all Dirk Benedict's idea. While filming at Universal Studios for the second season episode "Steel", Dirk spotted a park employee dressed as a Cylon, and decided he wanted to film a little nod to his days as Starbuck. The director told him it was a dumb idea, but let him do it anyway. So, they had the Cylon-clad actor stroll nonchalantly across the frame while Face was all "don't I know you?" Fortunately for Dirk, the scene ended up being quite funny and they kept it in the credits up to season 5.
    • There was also George Peppard's allusion to his role as Banacek, where he played a similar role, by having Hannibal spout even more off kilter words of wisdom in "The Big Squeeze".
      • Another one for Peppard. In the Episode "The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas", Amy mentions that it's a shame Hannibal's being chased by the military as he is "a terrific actor" after Hannibal goes to great lengths explaining how he'll play his "character". A reference to Peppard's infamously stringent adherence to method acting, even when playing unchallenging roles.
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: "I pity the fool!" Although this was pretty much Mr. T's personal Catchphrase outside the show, B.A. never actually said it.
  • The Danza: The Mexican Spanish dub of the series changed the name of B.A. Baracus with Mario Baracus, who was named after his voice actor, Mario Sauret (who later voiced Majin Buu).
  • Dawson Casting: Inverted. Tim Dunigan was actually too young to realistically play Vietnam veteran Templeton "Faceman" Peck, who he played in the pilot episode. Dunigan was only 28 when the series started, and he was 17 (and still in high school) when the United States officially withdrew from Vietnam.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show was more popular in Belgium than it was in the United States, and Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict are still going over there for interviews and conventions.
    • Was also very popular in the UK; its popularity for ITV contributed to the 1980s rating decline of Doctor Who. Mr. T would later appear in an advert for Snickers.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Dwight Schultz has said one of the scariest things during the filming was how blank the scripts would often be.
    • Also, the writers frequently would not write the tag and then would just say to the actors "just make something up," or told Dwight Schultz and Dirk Benedict to loosely write up a tag.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
  • The Other Darrin: In the feature-length pilot episode, Face was played by Tim Dunigan. The role was recast after the pilot as Tim Dunigan was much taller than the rest of the cast and the producers felt after the fact that he was simply too young to play a Vietnam veteran (as Dunigan noted, the war ended when he was still in high school). Since Frank Lupo and Stephen J. Cannell had written the role with Dirk Benedict in mind (NBC hadn't wanted him - or George Peppard - initially), Dunigan's miscasting may have been on purpose...
  • Recycled Script:
    • While other details are different, the season 2 episode "Recipe For Heavy Bread" and the season 4 episode "Mind Games" bear many similarities. The villains are both Viet Cong war criminals turned mob bosses, both named General Chow (despite being separate characters), and the plot of both episodes revolves around the team trying to trick this elusive General Chow into revealing himself so he can be taken down.
    • Season 3's "Double Heat" and season 4's "Judgment Day" also share similar aspects, namely both epiosdes involve mobsters kidnapping the daughter of a character played by Dana Elcar, in order to manipulate a court decision. Like the above example, they did at least have the decency to change other details.
  • Screwed by the Network: More like Actively Sabotaged by the Network. The show was considered politically incorrect (showing a positive view of Vietnam veterans, among other things) and its success completely unexpected; it was subjected to Invisible Advertising, the network officials and producers actually badmouthing the show to the press, it was made a 'bad move' to write for, so despite its popularity it eventually succumbed to cancellation.
  • Stunt Casting: A special appearance by the game show Wheel of Fortune, in which Murdock won a truck and a trip to Hawaii.
  • Throw It In: An extremely frequent occurrence, if grudgingly. There was a heck of a lot of Improv going on by the actors and notably Dwight Schultz, and though the writers frequently got mad by how the actors would go off-script or ad-lib lines, they often (if grudgingly) agreed that it should be kept in.
  • X Meets Y: NBC President Brandon Tartikoff pitched the series to Stephen J. Cannell (the co-creator) as "a cross between The Dirty Dozen, Mission: Impossible, The Magnificent Seven, Mad Max, and Hill Street Blues, with Mr. T driving the car."
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Film
  • Actor Allusion: There are a couple of nods to Sharlto Copley's South African nationality. Observable when Murdock's blabbering in a South African accent early in the film to get past journalists. He also speaks Swahili at one point. It also alludes to his role in District 9.
    • There's the part where Hannibal lures Lynch into a trap in a container, reminiscent of Batman Begins where Ras also compares fighting styles they're both using on each other.
    • The "3D" film at a psychiatric hospital plays the show's theme tune, and one of the names of its opening credits read "Reginald Barclay" — referencing Dwight Shultz's role as Lt. Barclay in Star Trek: The Next Generation. Other names in the credits include G. F. Starbuck, a veiled reference to Dirk Benedict's Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica, and two more not clearly seen but confirmed by Wordof God — Thomas Banacek (for George Peppard) and Clubber Lang (for Mr. T).
    • Less elaborate than the above, but when the team had to travel through customs disguised in hilarious ethnic gear, Hannibal basically went through as... Liam Neeson.
  • Channel Hop: While the TV series was produced with Universal, the movie came from 20th Century Fox.
  • Creator Backlash: Mr. T rejected the chance to do a cameo supposedly because he thinks that the film is too violent, however he also said he would appear in the film... If he got to play B.A. again.
  • The Danza: Agents Blair, Daly, and Kyle are named after their actors (though only in the credits).
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Liam Neeson, Wikus, Phil and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson versus Mary Camden, Nite Owl and Major Dad. Also Don Draper makes an appearance. It's just as awesome as it sounds.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Corey Burton delivers the original show's opening monologue at the end.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Sharlto Copley was a fan of the series as a child.
  • Stillborn Franchise: While hardly a flop, the film only grossed $170 million on a $110 million budget. The cast and director expressed interest in making a sequel but ultimately concluded that it wasn't profitable enough to risk it.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • John Singleton was originally set to direct when the project was at Universal.
    • Whilst only Dirk Benedict & Dwight Schultz took up the invitation, a cameo was also offered to Mr. T - he declined, with Mr. T saying in different interviews that it was because he felt the film was too violent or because he wanted to actually reprise his role of B.A. Baracus.

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