In many episodes of “The A-Team,” the characters travel all over the world. From locations inside the United States to South America, Europe, and even Asia, there was no place the A-Team wouldn’t go to rescue innocents and bring bad guys back for justice.
However, you might be surprised to know that, aside from a filming location in Mexico for the pilot, the show never actually left California. Thanks to the wide diversity of bios in the state, from hot deserts to green, rolling hills, and even huge forests, pretty much every environment they needed was only a few hours away.
Not Here to Make Friends
Dirk Benedict appeared on a number of reality TV shows, including "Celebrity Big Brother." His time on these shows didn't gain him any fans and didn't endear him to his fellow contestants.
He often complained about his housemates waking him up, and at one point, even grouched: “This is such a girlie show, that's why all the guys left. It drives you nuts!” It has the potential to drive the viewers nuts, as well. As much as he complained, Benedict finished third during his time on the show. He was also a common panelist on "The Hollywood Squares."
While Benedict hasn't been making big waves much these days, he did show up in the 2010's "The A-Team" in a cameo as a prisoner. The movie might not be critically lauded, but audiences seemed to like it (isn't that always the way?), and it made plenty of money back.
The original version of "The A-Team" will always be at the forefront of people's minds. Audiences from the eighties and goofy action fans forever will always love watching vehicles explode, guns go off, and the four principal actors have fun together. Not even Bradley Cooper can top all of that.
Casting the Experts
Numerous members of the cast all had experience in the armed forces before filming. George Peppard was an artillery sergeant in the Marines. Eddie Velez (who played Frankie Santana, a special effects expert in the final season) was in the Air Force.
Mr. T was a member of the Military Police in the army. Robert Vaughn (General Hunt Stockwell) was a drill sergeant in the Army. No doubt this amount of experience helped make the show a little bit more realistic, at least when it came to the military aspects of the show.
The Crime They Didn't Commit
The central premise of "The A-Team" is they are on the run and undercover from the military, who are chasing them for a crime they didn't commit. That crime was revealed to be murder.
In 1972, the A-Team was sent on a special covert mission to rob the Bank of Hanoi of gold bullion in order to help facilitate the ending of the Vietnam War. They succeeded, though they found that their commanding officer had been murdered in a traitorous double-cross, and his headquarters burned to the ground. Since the mission was covert and unrecognized, they could not prove they were acting under orders and were sent to a maximum-security stockade.