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Dallas Character Starring Robert Culp As JR Ewing?

Discussion in 'Dallas - The Original Series' started by Angela Channing, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Angela Channing

    Angela Channing World Cup of Soaps Moderator EXP: 20 Years

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    After the end of season 3 when JR was shot, Larry was famously re-negotiating his contract and it was suggested in the newspapers that the producers had lined up Robert Culp as a possible replacement for him as JR Ewing had the negotiations not been successful. If Larry decided not to return, do you think Robert Culp would have been good in the role or would you have preferred another actor taking on the part?

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    Ugh. That would have been like George Peppard as Blake Carrington.

    But Lorimar was tossing around names, like Culp and Robert Vaughn -- and approaching them, too, to scare Larry (which didn't work).
     
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    JR is such an iconic character, I can’t see anyone pulling it off.
     
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    Nobody, but nobody... other than Larry Hagman can play JR Ewing.
    But if i had to choose then i have picked Robert Vaughn, who i think, was also mentioned as a possible replacement around 1980.
    There is something in his face and looks that makes me believe that Vaughn can play someone who is sneaky and ruthless businessman and also a successful womanizer.
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    Robert Culp is a good actor

    I watched the Pelican brief last month and he was in it as the President of USA (more interested in teaching his dog new tricks)

    A bit like BBG as Miss Ellie, recasts don't work with main cast and you don't get bigger and better than Larry Hagman

    Would have been happy to see him in another role on Dallas, same goes for Robert Vaughn, 2 good actors and when you think of the scrapings at the bottom of the barrel in finals years (April, Cally, Michelle, Tommy et al) - they would have given it more class!
     
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    Vaughn was tremendous as an odious rich guy in Bullitt, but Larry was JR!
     

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