Joe Carnahan has dismissed rumours a feud with Mr. T forced producers to scrap plans for the star's cameo appearance in the big screen remake of the A-Team.
Two actors from the original TV series, Dirk Benedict and Dwight Schultz, make brief appearances in this year's (10) all-new film version, which sees a new generation of stars take on the famous characters.
Mr. T is replaced by Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson in the role of B. A. Baracus, and the former wrestler admits he was "disappointed" the original actor didn't make a cameo appearance.
He says, "It would have been cool if he could have been involved. I'm disappointed (he was not)."
But Carnahan is adamant Mr. T's omission was not a snub - they made a mutual decision not to include him in the film.
He says, "I thought it was a nice nod to the history and I thought it was nice for everybody... T and I have spoken and I've showed him a lot of the movie...
I thought if we couldn't use him in a really cool way it wasn't worth it and I think (in) his mind he is B. A. - who else is he going to play?"
Liam Neeson leads an all star cast of Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley, Quinton Jackson and Jessica Biel.
The A-Team is out now.
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