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Leo Getz

Leo 1

Leo 2

Leo 3

Status: Alive
Age: ?
Date of birth: N/A
Birthplace: United States of America
Nationality: American
Affiliation: LAPD
Profession: Banker
Real Estate Agent

Private Investigator

Father: Dead or might still be alive and possibly estranged from Leo as he wasn't very nice towards Leo during childhood.
Mother: Abandoned the family or died when Leo was young.
Sibling(s): Unknown at this time
Played by: Joe Pesci
First film: Lethal Weapon 2
Last film: Lethal Weapon 4
"Ok, ok..."
―Leo Getz

Leo Getz is the federal witness Team Riggs/Murtaugh had to protect from the South African Diplomats led by Arjen Rudd. Since then he has become their somewhat good friend. His occupation varies by film (i.e. from Banker in Lethal Weapon 2, to Real Estate Agent in Lethal Weapon 3, to Private Investigator in Lethal Weapon 4).

BiographyEdit

Leo Getz is a talkative, protective, and crazy guy, who is somewhat of a wacko especially towards other people. When he first meets the detectives, they already became annoyed of him once they learned about his repetitive talking and not stopping his conversation; at times, he even talks to himself. Anytime he gets into a certain subject, he will continue to talk about it, which is helpless on occasion. Getz also has different jobs in each film he appears, so it can be implied he changes jobs because the people he works for also get annoyed with his non-stop talking.

Lethal Weapon 2Edit

Meeting the DetectivesEdit

Leo Getz first meets Police men Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh at his apartment during a case where South African Diplomats are smuggling krugerands into the United States. The duo are assigned to protect Leo from the diplomats as well as question him the details regarding their plans. They already show a disliking to his personality and humor, telling him "shut up" and slapping his hands away from touching their guns. Leo even kids around with them mentioning everything in his room can be theirs and he can take the small room because he is shorter than both cops. He also tells them he laundered funds in half a billion dollars for smugglers in the past. "Room service" arrives in Leo's apartment room and he complains when Riggs and Murtaugh take some french fries, with Leo wanting it first. When the waiter approaches Leo, he pulls out a gun and was just about to shoot him but Leo pointed it up. Riggs charges at the gunman but pushes the cart and he, the gunman, and Leo fall 7 stories into a pool. Leo is momentarily mistaken for the gunman, who managed to getaway, as Riggs delivered a few punches to his face, breaking his nose.

One word after anotherEdit

After being helped out of the pool, Leo, with his nose plugged with cotton balls to prevents further bleeding, is taken to Murtaugh's home where he tells the duo how the process of his banking functioned with the diplomats. As he explains how they were able to get the money, he takes Riggs' wet shirt out of the wash and hands it to him, only for Riggs to realize it shrunk during the rinse. When it's time to go, Leo asks if he can have a gun, to which the detectives say "No" together, then Riggs pulls Leo's broken nose out of fun.

Arjen Rudd's house and car chaseEdit

Leo is taken with Riggs and Murtaugh to Arjen Rudd's private home. Waiting in the car, the same henchman that tried to kill Leo earlier escapes Rudd's house and Riggs goes after him while Leo attempted following too. He enters Murtaugh's station wagon and a chase begins. During the chase, Leo picks up Riggs' gun, which he accidentally dropped when the driver shook the truck to the side. Murtaugh takes the gun away from him. As the chase comes to a close, Murtaugh pulls the car over as he and Leo watch a near collision occur with another vehicle, involving the death of the henchman by surfboard.

Lethal Weapon 3Edit

Real EstateEdit

Leo Getz returns in this film as a real estate agent. Two people visit the Murtaugh House as Getz tries selling to them, possibly due to Roger Murtaugh retiring in less than a week and wanting to move to live a private life with his family. But once again, due to his constant blabbering, he shows them every part of the house (notably the living room, the now complete garage, and the bathroom, reminiscing the previous two films) and details them the events that have occurred in the house's lifetime. He brings them through into the kitchen, but when Riggs and Murtaugh get into another argument, they end up in a position that scares off the buyers (the duo had been spying on Leo the whole time). Murtaugh takes his frustration out on Leo, since Leo mentioned the toilet bomb incident. When Riggs reminds them of the time Murtaugh shot someone with a nailgun in the house, Leo asks if the repairs after the toilet bomb were properly permitted. He says he'll arrange for some backdated permits so that the sale, when they find a buyer, won't hit a snag. Still frustrated, Murtaugh kicks Leo out of his house and he departs.

Trouble in the ForumEdit

Leo visits Roger Murtaugh and Martin Riggs again, this time at the police station. He tells Murtaugh his house is infested with termites and tries to tell him he should consider buying a new house. While talking about a case, he sees a video image of suspect Jack Travis and instantly recognizes him. Leo then tells the duo he knows where they can find him. At the Forum, Leo is in the stands searching for Travis while Riggs publicly announces in the arena that Travis surrender to the LAPD. After narrowly avoiding two beat cops, Leo spots Travis and shouts to Riggs and Murtaugh he found him. Leo chases after him and jumps from the railing on top of Travis' back. The two wrestle and tackle each other onto the ice, interrupting the game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Travis pulls out his gun and Leo grabs his arm, lying on the ice, but Travis shoots him in his forearm and injures him as he escapes. Leo cries and coughs as Murtaugh tries to help him but Leo says he is dying, and quotes he is choking and feels cold and numb because he is dying. Murtaugh then tells him the wound on his forearm is just a flesh wound and he is cold because of the ice and that he is going to be alright. Riggs comes to help Leo up and Murtaugh helps too as the crowd in the Forum give a standing ovation knowing he is okay.

"Dumb Dumb" wound gimmickEdit

At the hospital, while Leo is being examined by the doctor, Riggs and Murtaugh convince the doctor to keep Leo in the hospital for a few days for the sake of avoiding his chitchat personality. In order to fool Leo, the duo pretend that the wound Jack Travis gave him was a "dumb dumb wound" and he requires additional stay in the hospital in order to get better. Riggs and Murtaugh leave as Leo is put to sleep.

Return to normal life and response to high speed chaseEdit

After coming out of the hospital, Leo is held back by Sergeant Wells because he did not have proper authority to be there but Murtaugh tells her he's with them. Leo begins to tell the duo and their new comrade Sergeant Lorna Cole about his stay at the hospital and that he got a lapotomy, something he feels is an act of disrespect. Later, Leo drives his car to the spot where the motorcycle blew up upon impact. The duo are not happy to see him all the while being on the case of pursuing Travis but failing to apprehend him. Leo explains he arrived to the highway chase scene with help from a police scanner. Then he tells them about Rancho Oroya (where Travis' construction company is located) and wants to join them there but Riggs and Murtaugh shoot the tires of his car, ticking him off as he complains to an officer about it.

Murtaugh keeps his houseEdit

With Murtaugh ultimately deciding to stay on the force, Leo arrives in the bathroom and speaks to Roger about his house being sold to new buyers. And just as he shows Roger his contract of letting go of the lease on the home and moving out, Roger tells Leo he and his family has decided to stay in the termite-infested home for another 10 years. But this upsets him as he says he's under contract and then changes the subject to the flat tires both Murtaugh and Riggs gave him. Having had enough, Roger Murtaugh and Trish kick Leo out of the bathroom, but he gives them a warning not to come crying to him if the termites infest their home again before leaving.

Lethal Weapon 4Edit

To be added.

GalleryEdit

To view the Leo Getz gallery, click here

Behind the ScenesEdit

Leo Getz was portrayed by Joe Pesci in Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3 and Lethal Weapon 4.

AppearancesEdit

Films
Lethal Weapon Lethal Weapon 2 Lethal Weapon 3 Lethal Weapon 4

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