Nash Bridges stars Don Johnson and Cheech Marin have a long friendship spanning decades throughout their career. The two actors first met one another during the 70s, just when they were starting out and became big names along the way.
Over the years Johnson and Marin would work on separate projects and found their own individual success in the industry. It wasn't until the 1996 film Tin Cup that they finally found themselves on the same project together.
During the production of Tin Cup, Johnson just had his new TV project greenlit by the executives. With everything all set, Johnson just needed to find his new partner in crime. After a few conversations and jokes on set with Marin, Johnson's search was over before it began.
"Don looks at me and then he disappears into his trailer. After lunch he comes out, he hands me this script. He said, 'I’m going to do this TV show. I want you to do it with me.' I said, 'Oh, okay, sounds good. I just have a couple of things to clear up first,'" said Cheech Marin about being approached about the role of Joe Dominguez on Nash Bridges.
The only downside to the offer was that Marin had already signed a contract to appear in another television series the same Nash Bridges was scheduled to air.
Wanting to work with a life-long friend, Marin went to court to get himself out of his previous contract. Luckily Marin won his case and was free of his prior commitment and went on to being one half of TV's greatest buddy-cop duo.
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