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Michael Pena and Dax Shepard defend CHiPs movie after criticism from star of original TV show

Michael Pena and Dax Shepard defend CHiPs movie after criticism from star of original TV show

The stars of the movie remake of CHiPs have defended the film after criticism from one of the original TV show’s lead actors.

Michael Pena said former CHiPs star Larry Wilcox might be “bitter” about not appearing in the new action comedy as he responded to the actor’s critical remarks on Twitter.

Larry, who played officer Jon Baker in the 1970s and 80s drama series about the California Highway Patrol, recently claimed the film had “ruined the brand of CHiPs” after a trailer was released.

Michael, who plays Erik Estrada’s character Ponch in the movie, told the Press Association: “Every time I said; ‘Man I’m doing CHiPs’, 100% of the time they would ask; ‘Is Erik Estrada going to be in it?’

Michael Pena
Michael Pena (Jonathan Brady/PA)

“Unfortunately, or whatever, not a lot of people ask for Larry.

“He hasn’t even seen the movie. Maybe he’s just bitter that he wasn’t in the movie.”

Writer and director Dax Shepard, who plays Baker in the new film, said Erik makes a cameo appearance but Larry was not asked to be involved.

“He seems to be unhappy,” Dax said.

“I wish he liked it and that’s unfortunate he doesn’t.

“When I told people I was doing CHiPs, probably 100 people – 100 of them – asked me if Erik Estrada was going to be in the movie.

“I said ‘I’ve got to put that man in this movie or people are going to be very upset’.”

Larry has posted a series of messages on Twitter voicing his displeasure at previews of the CHiPs movie.

“Way to go Warner Bros – just ruined the Brand of CHIPS and of the Calif Highway Patrol. Great choice!” he wrote in one tweet.

Another tweet read: “The new version of CHIPS the Movie coming out……sick crap.”

Larry also posted: “Can’t wait for the latest version of Dumb and Dumber in CHIPS uniforms.”

CHiPs is released in UK cinemas on March 24.