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Fox's 'Mental' to pay tribute to David Carradine

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Next week’s episode of the Fox TV series Mental will conclude with a quiet salute

to actor David Carradine, who was found dead in a Thailand hotel room

earlier this week. Carradine–most famous for the 1970s TV series Kung Fu and for playing the titular object of Uma Thuman’s wrath in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill

movies–filmed a guest appearance in the Fox drama, shot last summer. In “Book of Judges,” Carradine plays a character named Gideon

Graham, described as “a famous professor, author and philosopher” who falls

into a coma after getting struck by lightning. According to a Fox spokesperson,

Carradine’s episode, which had always been slated to air on June 9, will end

with an “In Memoriam” graphic.

Meanwhile,

the producer of an independent movie called Beyond Legend, Johnny

Kakota, which was set to begin production later this summer with Carradine in a

supporting role, tells EW the film is now looking to recast. Nick

Catello says Carradine’s part had been written specifically for him and that he is “devastated”

by the actor’s death. Carradine

would have played a villainous land baron. Catello says the production is hoping to replace him

with Oscar winner Jon Voight, whom he says had previously expressed interest in

the role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carradine’s death has also forced the recasting of what was to be his next project, an independent drama called Portland.

Carradine

had been attached to a number of other projects before his death, including

the work that took him to Thailand, a movie reportedly titled Stretch. EW

will update the status of those projects as information becomes available. (Reported by Missy Schwartz)

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