Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Ewing memory will live on in Dallas

Larry Hagman will appear as JR Ewing in the new series of Dallas

JR Ewing will live on in the new series of Dallas, the cast have promised.

JR cheated death in the 1980s version of the show, and despite the demise of actor Larry Hagman - who died of cancer aged 81 in November 2012 - he is still very much a part of the second series of the Dallas reboot, which is about to air in the US.

Patrick Duffy, who plays JR's son Bobby Jr, said: "Larry being gone doesn't eliminate the influence of the character of JR. We can find business deals he did or schemes he started that now are coming home to roost, and they can turn up for years to come."

Linda Gray, who plays his wife Sue Ellen added: "Whatever will happen on the show, we will be talking about JR Ewing and he will have done things that have a ripple effect. He will always be there."

Larry appears in the new series, in scenes he filmed before his death, but his exit has been written into the script.

Linda said: "I think viewers want closure. They want to mourn Larry Hagman and JR Ewing. They want to know they can grieve the fact he won't be around."

And the cast are still mourning too.

"I'm lonely because my best friend isn't there to play with," Patrick said. "I was with him from 1978 until his final hours in the hospital. But I have no regrets. Every day I think of him and smile."

"I keep expecting him to walk in the door," Linda confessed. "He's so missed. But his presence is everywhere."

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