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The 411 Douchebag of the Week: The Lethal Weapon 2 Edition

April 17, 2019 | Posted by Bryan Kristopowitz
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Warning: If you haven’t seen Lethal Weapon 2 yet, there are SPOILERS in this article. MAJOR SPOILERS. Just so you know.

Hello, everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of The 411 Douchebag of the Week. I’m Bryan Kristopowitz.

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I did a Douchebag of the Week for the first Lethal Weapon movie back in December of 2017, mostly because of that movie’s Christmas time setting (check out the piece here). I couldn’t do Lethal Weapon 2 the following December since the sequel didn’t take place at Christmas (I did I Come in Peace instead), but I knew that, at some point, I would take a look at Lethal Weapon 2 to see just how many douchebags there are in the movie. I just didn’t know when that time would present itself. Well, since I didn’t get a chance to follow the news as much as I normally would this past week, finally taking a look at Lethal Weapon 2 seemed like a good idea. It’s a great movie and it has its fair share of douchebags in it.

Lethal Weapon 2, which hit movie screens in the summer of 1989 (July 7th, 1989, to be exact), was the inevitable sequel to the smash hit buddy cop action flick Lethal Weapon that came out in 1987. Stars Mel Gibson and Danny Glover returned as LAPD cops Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh, and Richard Donner returned as director. In this sequel, Riggs and Murtaugh would take on a dastardly crew of racist South African drug runners who also happen to be South African diplomats in America. Riggs and Murtaugh would also be charged with protecting the sleazy but somewhat lovable Leo Getz (Joe Pesci), a small time criminal and federal witness who could do major damage to the South Africans. Pesci’s presence in the story provides a good amount of the movie’s humor (in fact, this sequel has more comedy in general in it than the first movie). The story is also heartbreaking, as we find out that the South Africans killed Riggs’s wife as well as Riggs’s current love interest, the gorgeous Rika, played by Patsy Kensit. The final confrontation between Riggs and Murtaugh and the South Africans is action packed and contains two of the greatest villain deaths in movie history (a guy gets a full shipping container dropped on him, and Murtaugh shoots the main bad guy in the head after the main bad guy claims he can’t be touched by the law because of “diplomatic immunity.” Murtaugh gets to utter the now classic line “It’s just been revoked.”).

I actually saw Lethal Weapon 2 on its opening weekend in a packed movie theatre that was just brimming with anticipation. What kind of trouble would Riggs and Murtaugh get into this time? What sort of action sequences would we all witness? And when would we get to see the “exploding toilet” scene, which was a big part of the movie’s advertising (when was the last time you saw a movie with an exploding toilet in it?). To say that the experience was awesome would be a serious understatement. In fact, besides Tim Burton’s Batman, Lethal Weapon 2 was the best movie I saw in a movie theatre that summer. You just knew that there would be another Riggs and Murtaugh adventure at some point (Lethal Weapon 3 came out in the early summer of 1992).

So who are the top douchebags in Lethal Weapon 2?

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The 411mania Douchebag of the Week: The Lethal Weapon 2 Edition

Honorable mentions:

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Consulate Envoy: As played by Jim Piddock, he’s the guy that Leo and Murtaugh go to see as part of the big scheme Riggs and Murtaugh come up with to gain access to the secure South African consulate building in Los Angeles. As Riggs looks around in the offices and whatnot, Leo and Murtaugh look to see what it would take to get Murtaugh to visit South Africa. The envoy is shocked that Murtaugh would want to visit South Africa as apartheid was still the country’s official policy. The envoy actually says to Murtaugh “But you’re black!”

Look, I know the guy was just doing his job and adhering to the policies of his home country and all that, but being so animated about the idea of a black guy wanting to visit South Africa was just ridiculous. Murtaugh couldn’t possibly have been the first black guy wanting to visit South Africa, so why the mega surprise? It just doesn’t make any sense.

I often wonder if this guy kept his job at the consulate when apartheid ended and, if he did, if he was still all “But you’re black!” with potential black visitors to South Africa. If he got fired, what the heck did he do then? Did he go back to South Africa? Did he go somewhere else?

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Mickey McGee: As played by the immortal Jack McGee, McGee is the carpenter Murtaugh hired to rebuild/remodel his house after the events of the first movie. We first see McGee at work above Murtaugh’s garage, using a nail gun and freaking out Riggs and Murtaugh (they thought McGee was using an actual gun because that’s what the nail gun sounded like). We then see McGee in the Murtaugh’s living room, joining the family to watch the commercial that Murtaugh’s daughter Rianne (Traci Wolfe) appears in. The commercial plays, and Murtaugh finds out at the end that the commercial was for a condom company. Murtaugh quietly loses his mind as he had no idea that his daughter was going to be in a “sex” commercial (he told all of his co-workers at the station about the commercial, and he knows that his fellow cops are going to hammer him with “rubbers”). As most of the Murtaugh family leaves the living room, McGee says that he liked the commercial. In fact, the commercial made him “want to go out and buy rubbers right now.”

Do you really want to say something like that in front of a girl’s father, a father that is clearly unsettled by the commercial? Of course not. And, sure, McGee may be a stereotypical uncouth carpenter, but that’s no excuse for saying what he said. He probably should have just kept his thoughts to himself.

McGee’s line was pretty funny, though.

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Leo Getz: As played by Joe Pesci, Leo is a sleazy, smarmy, but somehow still lovable criminal that just gets on your nerves. He gets on the nerves of both Riggs and Murtaugh almost immediately, when they meet him in his hotel room. The guys eventually grow to like him, though, despite his constant “Okay, okay, okay” stuff. Well, if Riggs and Murtaugh end up liking Leo so much, why the heck is he on this list?

Because, in the big scheme of things, he did business with the scumbag racist asshole South African diplomat criminals. Leo may have been in the business of laundering drug money for “clients” and the South Africans obviously “needed help” moving their illicit money around, going where the need is is not a good enough excuse for doing business with the South Africans. He shouldn’t have gotten involved with them in the first place. And that’s why Leo Getz is on this list.

There were no other drug running criminals in the area to launder money for? No others at all?

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Arjen Rudd: Played by Joss Ackland, Arjen Rudd is the main South African diplomat in America and the movie’s main, overarching villain. He’s an arrogant, racist piece of shit, and that’s before we know anything about his drug running and money laundering and God knows what else. Rudd’s actual crimes are just icing on the racist criminal cake. Rudd is just an awful human being.

The guy openly flaunts his diplomatic credentials and subsequent “diplomatic immunity.” He admits, via his “You couldn’t even give me a parking ticket” line that he’s into law breaking and he doesn’t give a shit. And look at the way he drives on the road, when he goes to play tennis and almost causes a massive accident. The man is just a menace.

Oh, and let’s not forget the whole “killing a henchman in my office and making sure to put plastic down ahead of time so the dead henchman doesn’t stain the carpet with his blood” thing. That sort of seems clever and, hey, maybe he’s looking out for the consulate’s cleaning staff, but it sounds vain. Why not kill the henchman in the garage and then run a hose on the blood and let it go down a nearby drain? Rudd wants to kill his henchmen while eating dinner, so he can presumably get two things done at once. Lazy douchebag. Eat first, then have the guy killed, or have the guy killed and then eat. Stop acting like your time is so fucking valuable.

Man, I love it when Murtaugh pops Rudd’s fucking grape and “revokes” his diplomatic unity. Who else is with me on that?

And finally, this week’s 411 Douchebag of the Week: Lethal Weapon 2 goes to

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Pieter Vorstedt: Played by Derrick O’Connor, Vorstedt is the main henchman for Arjen Rudd’s criminal scheme at the South African consulate and the guy Rudd calls to do the consulate’s really bad stuff. Vorstedt menaces cops and their families in their homes (look at what he does to the Murtaugh’s family in the middle of the night), he kills cops with brutal efficiency (he kills them in their homes, their pools, and he blows up their homes), and he’s the man directly responsible for the exploding toilet in Murtaugh’s house. That’s just awful and mean-spirited.

Vorstedt also admits, right to Riggs’s face, that he killed his wife. Vorstedt also killed Rika, drowning her in the ocean. That motherfucker.

Vorstedt eventually gets a shipping container dropped on his head, an absolutely brutal death that no doubt creates an epic mess. However, the douchebag sonofabitch deserved it, and it’s really too bad that Riggs only got to drop the container on him once.

I will give Vorstedt one thing, though. He does have a sick sense of humor. Remember when he was standing in Rudd’s office and, as Rudd was chewing him out. Vorstedt looked around on the floor to see if he was “standing on plastic”? I admit, I laughed. I laughed harder, though, when he was crushed by the storage container.

Fucking racist murderer douchebag.

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