CHiPS – Official Trailer #1

Apparently Erik Estrada (who played Officer Frank Poncherello in the 1977 series CHiPs, which stands for California Highway Patrol) is none too happy about Dax Shepard‘s reinterpretation of the show he co-headlined with Larry Wilcox.

The truth of it is that I have no idea if Estrada has even seen the movie–though he mentioned about the highway patrolmen being involved in gunplay, none of which can be seen in the trailer, which at least raises the possibility that he has–though what surprises me about the trailer is not gun violence, but the blatant homoeroticism.  

Which, if you’ve seen Shepard in Bob Odenkirk’s Let’s Go To Prison, probably wouldn’t be that much of a shocker though when you take into account that the original series barely even hinted that the two officers had a sex life, never mind flirting with homosexuality (which seems to be done primarily for laughs, and is certainly going to piss off more than a few people if the scenes in the trailer make their way into the movie) then I could understand see Erik Estrada’s complaint a bit better.

Though considering that Archie is being interpreted as dark and edgy in the new CW series, Riverdale, I am not sure I see what the fuss is all about. 

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