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Despite their on-camera chemistry, Mr. T and George Peppard were not friends

By: H&I Staff     Posted: October 4, 2023, 11:14AM    Tags: George Peppard, Mr. T, The A-Team

When The A-Team first aired in 1983, the idea of four mercenaries with opposite personailities trying to clear their names of a crime they did not commit was far from a normal television plot.

Yet, Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith, Sergeant B.A. Baracus, Lieutenant Templeton "Faceman" Peck, along with their Captain, Murdock, became household names. The show aired for five seasons, producing 98 episodes of legendary action, adventure and crime.

George Peppard, Mr. T, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz brought a special spark to each character, intensifying the on-camera chemistry, despite some of the cast not being friends in real life. 

During an interview, Schultz, who played "Howling Mad" Murdock, revealed that Mr. T and George Peppard's relationship behind the scenes wasn't the best.

"Hollywood is a place of ego. I think it created a lot of problems and tension between George and T," he said. " I don't think George ever accepted the fact that T was the star of the show." Schultz added that since Peppard was a beloved Hollywood star prior to starring on The A-Team, he wanted to be the star of the show. 

There was also a time when Mr. T loudly read quotes from a magazine article that referenced Peppard's words on set. In the quotes, he claimed that T was not a real actor, despite his high earnings, and was the worst actor out of the group.

Peppard would sometimes leave the set seven hours early because he didn't want to film, which prompted Mr. T to have a conversation with producers about his actions being unfair since they were peers.

Although the two did not get along later in the series, the chemistry between their characters in many episodes and talents prove both were stars in their own way. 

The clashing of the two didn't have too much of an impact on the show's success. In fact, ratings only started to decline during season four when the show's format changed and fans were not pleased with the new look. 

In episodes like "Lease with an Option to Die", "Alive At Five", and more, there were several scenes where Hannibal and B.A Baracus' chemistry won over viewers worldwide.

Both men, as well as Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz, inspired many generations of actors to come.



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