Evil J.R. getting proper sendoff
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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