Evil J.R. get­ting proper send­off

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Cassandra Szklarski

TORONTO — Dal­las star Linda Gray says she lob­bied hard to make sure leg­endary TV vil­lain J.R. Ewing gets a suit­ably grand farewell next month.

And when the cameo-packed episode airs, she prom­ises that fans of the larger-than-life char­ac­ter — and late ac­tor Larry Hag­man — won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

“For me, per­son­ally, it should be an event,” Gray said in an in­ter­view this week from the Texas city that made her fa­mous.

“It shouldn’t be just an­other show. I told (the writ­ers), I said: ‘Look, make this not just an­other episode. Make it longer, make it more mean­ing­ful, make it mat­ter to Larry and I think peo­ple would re­spect that.’”

It shouldn’t be much of a spoiler to re­veal that loath­some Texas oil baron J.R. dies in an up­com­ing episode, but ex­actly how that hap­pens is be­ing kept un­der wraps.

Gray will only say that the grand farewell will serve as a lov­ing trib­ute to both the in­deli­ble TV char­ac­ter and the ac­tor who played him.

Gray, who played J.R.’s long­suf­fer­ing wife Sue Ellen on the orig­i­nal se­ries and joined last year’s re­boot with fel­low orig­i­na­tors Hag­man and fan favourite Pa­trick Duffy, says the cameo-packed send­off in­cludes a wake, funeral and burial scenes.

“We’re go­ing to take you with us and you’re go­ing to cry with us and you’re go­ing to mourn him and you’re go­ing to miss him just like we’re do­ing,” says Gray.

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