January 25th, 2012
12:42 PM ET
It's been 22 years since Nick Nolte's "Another 48 Hrs." bowed in theaters, but considering the franchise craze in Hollywood and Nolte's Oscar nomination buzz, perhaps there's still hope for his threequel concept.
"I had a story that I think would have really made that sequel work," Nolte told CNN. In the original 1982 film, Nolte and Eddie Murphy co-starred as a police officer and a criminal, respectively, who teamed up to solve a case, and the same concept held for 1990's follow-up.
For part three, Nolte said, "I wanted to be busted out after being thrown off the force, and Eddie [would] get out of prison, and he has got to figure out who has set me up."
Unfortunately (or fortunately, perhaps, to some of you), no one bit. "They wouldn't go with my story," Nolte recalled. "Nobody was going to listen to me at the time."
They may listen to him now, though, as he's older (Nolte's now 70,) wiser, and up for a best supporting actor Oscar thanks to his work in "Warrior."
"There was a 50 percent chance that I wouldn't get nominated," Nolte said, "so I was going to halfway take a call at 6 and then go back to sleep. So I wasn't going to get up and watch it, and not because I'm not grateful to have it, but because I'm 70, and at 70 you need more sleep!"
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