Looking back at ‘Trouble Man’ with Robert Hooks and Marvin Gaye

I’d been hip to the soundtrack by Marvin Gaye for years.

But it wasn’t until late Saturday that I sat still long enough to watch 1972’s Trouble Man starring Robert Hooks as the original Mr. T.

For starters, the title track by Gaye is a classic in his collection. Be sure to check the video and give it a listen down below.

As for the film, Hooks nails it as an all-around badass-for-hire who’s not to be messed with while playing things cool and confident, even in the most dire of situations.

It’s surprising how the character and film are not as highly regarded in its genre as others from the time period.

Hooks brought Mr. T to life nearly 10 years into his acting career, which up to that point consisted primarily of television work. He last appeared on TV in 2011.


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  2. I don’t know how I missed this until NOW…but Trouble Man is by far the coolest and most realistic of all the BLACK badass films–shaft and superfly are inferior. This film should’ve made Robert Hooks a superstar!
    But then, “Lady sings the blues” should’ve made Billy Dee Williams a superstar…get my drift?

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