Damon Wayans, the star of Lethal Weapon, announced earlier he is leaving the series to focus on himself, and his health. During a chat with Eurweb, the actor revealed unexpectedly that he planned on quitting the series toward the end of this season’s filming schedule.
According to Damon, the series is simply too much work for a 58-year-old diabetic man, who has to work 16-hour days. Recently, reports indicated that his mother and daughter went under the knife for a medical procedure, something he, unfortunately, missed due to his demanding work life.
Damon believes he has earned the right to spend time with his family during their most fragile time. And Lethal Weapon is thwarting that right.
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In the series, Wayans plays a loving and supportive father, friend, and husband, yet in real life, he isn’t that man, due to his extreme work schedule.
According to the Wayans brother, who comes from a long line of entertainers, comedians, actors, and celebrities, he woke up one morning and asked himself, “who are you?”
He stated that it can’t always be about work. It has to be about family and enjoying life at least some of the time. But he’s just too tired, and his work-life balance is all out of proportion.
When the reporter asked him about how his cast-mates would feel about it, he insinuated he was more concerned about what he was doing, rather than what they’re up to. Interestingly, this comes after his co-star, Clayne Crawford, was fired from the set due to friction with Damon and the rest of the cast and crew.
Mr. Crawford and Damon, especially, didn’t get along. During a set which Clayne directed, Damon suffered an injury on his head due to an improperly moderated explosion with left him with a small incision on the back of his head.