Estrada happy to revisit 'CHiPs' territory

Jan. 5, 2007 at 6:35 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- "CHiPs" star Erik Estrada says he hasn't been asked, but he would like a cameo in the upcoming U.S. film version of the series.

The 57-year-old actor, who played Francis "Ponch" Poncherello in the popular highway patrol series, said if producers of the upcoming "CHiPs" film are interested he has the ideal role in mind, said.

"I've talked to them, because they've contacted me," Estrada said of the film's creators, "and I've said to them, 'You know, it would really be fitting if you had one quick scene, a 90-second scene, where I'm chewing out Ponch Jr. because he's not sticking to the grind, he's chasing the girls, he's playing with the toys -- he should be out sticking to the grind.' It's sort of like Ponch Sr. handing over the baton to Ponch Jr."

Estrada's role in the film version of "CHiPs" -- which ran on NBC from 1977 to 1983 -- is being played "That 70's Show" star Wilmer Valderrama.

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