Dallas star Larry Hagman says, “Everyone has a jerk like JR in their family”

When I was a kid, Dallas was almost compulsory viewing, and I recall watching in awe the glitz and glitter of the fictional Ewing family, with their enormous wealth and beautiful women…

I desperately wanted to be Pam Ewing, and even the drunken Swellen – Sue Ellen, but it always sounded like Swellen – retained her glamour, no matter how nissed as a pewt she was.

They were icons to me, as was Larry Hagman as the ruthless JR Ewing, so I was overjoyed when I heard that the show was returning with a new batch of Ewings as well as the old faves.

The Dallas reboot launches on Channel 5 on Wednesday 5th September at 21:00 on Channel 5, and ahead of it, its stars have been giving interviews promoting the show, and in today’s TV Biz, Larry Hagman has been discussing his return to the show, and how he believes every family can relate to having a resident “baddie” in their ranks…

He said, “JR hasn’t mellowed at all. At 80 a person isn’t going to change.

“He’s got a little slower, but he is still a son-of-a-b***h. In fact, I felt a little more nasty.”

The reboot of the drama focuses largely on the next generation of Ewings, including Bobby’s son Christopher (Jesse Metcalfe) and John Ross Junior (Josh Henderson).

Of them, Larry added, “We have a lot of young people who are taking over the main thrust, our sons and daughters-in-law and so on.

“We’ll see if the younger kids appeal a bit more.”

He continued, “JR is the central character and trouble maker. He was the catalyst, so, of course, he had to be in Dallas.

“He is probably one of the most famous roles in modern history and to get the chance to do it a second time is wonderful. I jumped at it.

“I could never have turned it down, Southfork is like home to me and Linda looks exactly as she did 20 years ago.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to have some fun, make some money and re-establish myself as an icon.

“The writers give me amazing lines. It is choc-a-bloc full of JR one-liners in this show.

“I like the direction that has been taken. I like what they did.

“One of my favourite scenes is where I am having an argument with John Ross Jr and I’m shaving him at the same time with a single-blade razor.”

And finally, Larry said, “Everyone in the world has a jerk like JR in their family, whether he is a father or uncle or whatever, everybody can identify with this guy.”

To be honest, I can’t think of a JR-esque person in my family. I can however more readily spot the Uncle Knobhead of Peter Kay fame…

As mentioned, the new Dallas premieres on Wednesday 5th September at 21:00 on Channel 5.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.