CHiPs landed in theaters today. The film, which is based on the television series from the late 1970s, stars Dax Shepard and Michael Pena as John Baker and Frank Poncherello. The two men behind the characters had very different opinions of the film.
Erik Estrada, the man behind Ponch, attended the film’s premiere earlier this week, and he was positive about the film. He had a cameo in the feature. He said the following, according to USA Today:
“I’m getting a lot of reaction from CHiPs fans that the movie is insulting. They are not insulting anybody. They are just doing their own version of it. Not everyone makes the same chicken cacciatore. I’m good with it. I’ve got no ax to grind. And if people don’t like it, they don’t gotta see it. If they want the CHiPs they grew up with, go every day at 4 p.m. and watch it on MeTV.”
As for Larry Wilcox, he was not as positive about the new film. He spoke about the new film on both his Twitter and in a recent interview. He compared it to Dumb and Dumber.
On his Twitter, he sent out the following tweet after the first trailer was released.
Way to go Warner Bros – just ruined the Brand of CHIPS and of the Calif Highway Patrol. Great choice!
— larry wilcox (@LarryDWilcox) January 12, 2017
In an interview earlier this week, he said:
“I’m very candid. I wasn’t enamored with two guys rubbing genitals in their faces and talking about CHIPS. Even if you are Dumb and Dumber, it should be a major success by just riding on the coattails of the previous branding bonanza. I wish them luck.”
Even with his feelings on the film, he does plan to see it eventually. Do you plan to check out the new CHiPS? Tell us what you think.