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Dallas' JR Ewing actor Larry Hagman 'took cash from Romanian communists'
http://www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | november 25, 2012 | alice philipson

Posted on 11/26/2012 9:34:00 AM PST by lowbridge

Hagman, who died last week aged 81, reportedly visited Bucharest in the 1980s together with his wife Maj Axelsson. At the time, he was famous worldwide for his role as merciless oil magnate JR Ewing on television series Dallas.

However, during the trip, he gained an unexpected fan. Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who was later executed in the 1989 Christmas uprising, wanted a portrait of the actor to be put up publicity, believing it would bolster the regime.

Dallas was one of the few American TV series the late communist dictator allowed to be shown on television, believing it portrayed capitalism negatively.

Hagman was duly asked whether he would agree to the erection of a giant portrait of himself on the side of a building.

The Dallas star is understood to have agreed to the request, on the condition that a bag of hard currency was delivered to the ladies' loo of a government office. It was agreed his wife would pick up the bag the next day.

A brown paper bag filled with dollars was then left in the designated place, Hagman recently told the Sunday Times.

“We spent it quickly like we did all the money in those days,” he said.

The late actor asked the Sunday Times to wait until he was dead to publish the story.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hagman; larryhagman; romania; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 11/26/2012 9:34:10 AM PST by lowbridge
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To: lowbridge

Hagman, who died last week aged 81, reportedly visited Bucharest ....

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Why did you post this in News and not Chat? Why did you even post this at all? And - more importantly - why am I even responding to such a load of crap story like this?

I guess I’m a sucker for the freak show stories like this.


2 posted on 11/26/2012 9:39:52 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: lowbridge
Hagman, who died last week aged 81, reportedly visited Bucharest

Oh.

3 posted on 11/26/2012 9:47:17 AM PST by ScottinVA (I've never been more disgusted with American voters.)
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To: lowbridge

And let the bashing begin....


4 posted on 11/26/2012 9:47:50 AM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: lowbridge

The story is, that Ceausescu thought that Dallas would show Romanians how evil Capitalism was, as compared with Socialism.

However, it backfired on him, as Romanians saw the goods the more ordinary people on the show had, as compared to them.


5 posted on 11/26/2012 9:52:42 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: lowbridge

So Hagman, much like his character JR, knew a good business opportunity when he saw it. No problem, there.


6 posted on 11/26/2012 9:56:12 AM PST by teflon9 (Political campaigns should follow Johnny Mercer's advice--Accentuate the positive.)
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To: teflon9

Take my pix and pay me ?
Where do I sign ?


7 posted on 11/26/2012 10:11:42 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (In the game of life, there are no betting limits)
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To: lowbridge

A Dictator having to pay an actor to erect a portrait of said actor in the country where he is the Dictator? He must not have got his copy of “Dictatorship for Dummies.”


8 posted on 11/26/2012 10:12:07 AM PST by Starstruck
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To: lowbridge
The Dallas star is understood to have agreed to the request, on the condition that a bag of hard currency was delivered to the ladies' loo of a government office. It was agreed his wife would pick up the bag the next day.

A brown paper bag filled with dollars was then left in the designated place, Hagman recently told the Sunday Times.

What Would JR Do?

9 posted on 11/26/2012 10:19:31 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Don't Believe Everything You Read On The Internet. - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: lowbridge

I don’t know about this story, but in the 80s Hagman was constantly bashing Ronald Reagan. He was and probably remained very liberal. I loved the character he created and hope that he rests in peace, but he was the 80s version of Sean Penn.


10 posted on 11/26/2012 10:23:24 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: lowbridge

Let the man rest in peace.


11 posted on 11/26/2012 10:26:39 AM PST by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: lowbridge; Larry Lucido; F15Eagle

Many people have posed for money. Some for art, some for more prurient reasons.
Nothing to see here, move along.


12 posted on 11/26/2012 10:28:02 AM PST by Gamecock (Bayonets, Benghazi, Balls, Binders, Big Bird, Birth Control, BS.....)
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To: lowbridge; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; Perdogg; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy; nutmeg; ...

Sounds like a smart deal for JR.

His death is horrible news for the Dallas remake, he and Bobby and Cliff Barnes are more interesting than their children. He managed to film 6 episodes for the new season.

Very ironic, the character of JR’s father Jock had to be written out when the actor died.


13 posted on 11/28/2012 10:13:21 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

Yeah, I expect they’ll probably have to wrap it up with this coming season. The original “Dallas” could get on without Jim Davis’s Jock (who was actually a decade younger than Hagman when he died), but without J.R., there’s not enough to carry on with. Had Hagman left the show back during the “Who Shot J.R. ?” period, as he was strongly considering, I doubt the original show would’ve lasted more than another season, two tops.

With just Patrick Duffy, it would be a protagonist with no antagonist, and that won’t work. Ken Kercheval (Cliff) looks rather frail himself, he’s only a slight bit younger than Hagman. With just the younger actors, it’s not particularly any different than some generic drama. Nobody stands out and there’s no central character.


14 posted on 11/28/2012 10:34:14 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Well it will depend on the ratings of course.

I probably wouldn’t have watched the first season if Hagman and Duffy weren’t in it.

At least the initial plan to make a Dallas remake movie flopped, the script became a COMEDY with Bruce Willis rumored for JR and Jessica Simpson for Lucy Ewing. Ugh.

Starz axed Kelsey Grammer’s show where he played the Mayor of Chicago. Too bad, I liked it, much better than that disjointed Camelot. It could have done well if anyone knew it existed and/or had Starz. Ratings were horrible, Starz can’t seem to promote a series. The only reason it got a second season was because they were so happy with it that they renewed it before the first season premiered.


15 posted on 11/28/2012 10:44:41 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

I’m disappointed they axed “Boss” as well, especially given that it ended unresolved. Starz’s other series, “Magic City” is pretty to look at, but it’s not as good as “Boss” (and the supporting characters don’t stand out, as with the young “Dallas” actors — only the deranged Danny Huston character is truly interesting, and he seems to be channelling his dad, right down to his speaking voice). It got renewed for a second season, but I don’t expect it will get a third. As far as mob shows go, it’s going to be impossible to top “The Sopranos.”

As I’ve often ranted, it just seems like there are fewer new shows and interesting actors that make much worth watching these days. Even some of the lesser work of yesteryear looks superior to most these days. I wish they had channels to rerun those little-run series and made-for-tv movies (back when you had talented movie stars making guest shots). Instead, all we get is 500 channels of reality tv, cooking shows and other nonsense. I’m sick of reality shows. Most of the folks on them are execrable.


16 posted on 11/28/2012 11:06:01 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I lost Starz so I had to pirate download season 2. Very interesting show. Goodbye Kathleen Robertson’s breasts. :(

I haven’t gotten past the first few eps of Magic City yet.

I hate “reality” TV. I watch Hell’s Kitchen, that’s it. I watched “Survivor” the first couple years, I can’t believe it’s still on, crap got boring.

You are right about new shows. There’s only 2 new network dramas I’m watching, “Chicago Fire” (Another new Chicago based show, “The Mob Doctor” pretty much sucks despite a good premise.) and the Sherlock Holmes one with Lucy Liu as Watson (she seems to be holding up ok). I don’t bother with most new shows anymore.


17 posted on 11/28/2012 11:15:50 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy

KR was hot, yes, but she’s an ice princess. Although just about everything I’ve ever seen her in she comes off like that. I was more interested in Hannah Ware, the British actress playing Kane’s daughter.


18 posted on 11/28/2012 11:35:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I like her too. Her accent slipped a lot so I could tell she was British. If she were my sister, I wouldn’t care either.

The Australian guy from “House” is doing a pretty good job with an American accent on “Chicago Fire”.

I remember Kathleen from 90210. I watched some updated Wizard of OZ tv movie on the Scifi channel pretty much only cause she and Zooey Deschanel were in it.


19 posted on 11/28/2012 11:45:00 PM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Impy; All

Isn’t it ironic...don’t you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v9yUVgrmPY


20 posted on 11/29/2012 6:49:13 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The autopsy will show that this nation committed suicide.)
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; GSP.FAN

Reality TV shows: I’ve only followed one: “My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss” Hilarious.

TV Shows: Sunny in PHI, The League (sucks this year though), Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy. Occasionally I used to catch the BBC show Hustle as well, although I think that ended. Might have to check out Justified.

Others: Wheeler Dealers and Chasing Classic Cars

I watch nothing on the the “Big 3/4” networks except sporting events (and without NHL, that’s dwindling). Gave up on Family Guy and The Office years ago.


21 posted on 11/29/2012 7:02:36 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The autopsy will show that this nation committed suicide.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Clintonfatigued has posted that song several times.


22 posted on 11/29/2012 7:10:09 AM PST by Impy (All in favor of Harry Reid meeting Mr. Mayhem?)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
but he was the 80s version of Sean Penn.

Apparently Hagman was a member of the "Peace and Freedom Party" from the 1960s until his death. Yeah, the Peace and Freedom Party that just ran Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan for President/Vice President.

Still Hagman seems like a nice guy who happened to be a left wing loon. Penn is an unmitigated douchebag.

23 posted on 11/29/2012 7:22:51 AM PST by Pilsner
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To: Impy

Did he? I hope he’s doing well while he’s getting some R&R...


24 posted on 11/29/2012 7:57:36 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The autopsy will show that this nation committed suicide.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Over at my friends house i watch a show a guy travels the world eating different types of food he smokes and he drinks a lot cant remember his name though.


25 posted on 11/29/2012 9:02:03 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I knew the second i posted i would remember his name,Anthony Bourdain he is very funny other than that don’t watch tv..


26 posted on 11/29/2012 9:04:58 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

He’s ok...going from the Travel Channel to CNN though.


27 posted on 11/29/2012 9:27:07 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The autopsy will show that this nation committed suicide.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

I see 1 maybe 2 shows a week all reruns i find him funny can’t figure out why he is going to CNN though...


28 posted on 11/29/2012 9:39:34 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

“...can’t figure out why he is going to CNN though...”

$$$. Although I would think he’s got a good gig going with his current niche at the Travel Channel.


29 posted on 11/29/2012 9:47:33 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The autopsy will show that this nation committed suicide.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

http://www.businessinsider.com/anthony-bourdain-explains-why-he-left-travel-channel-for-cnn-2012-8

He said he can get to more places through CNN and its worldwide contacts..


30 posted on 11/29/2012 9:53:49 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: GSP.FAN

AH! Falafel with Baghdad Bob? Or perhaps kimchi with Kim Il Whatever the frig his name is?

Nice!


31 posted on 11/29/2012 9:58:26 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (The autopsy will show that this nation committed suicide.)
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To: GSP.FAN

It’s politic of him to say it’s because of the places he can go. Reality is Scripps Network bought Travel Channel, he used to work for them at Food Network, hated the direction they wanted the show to go (they were of the mind “Tony eat BBQ” makes better TV), which is how he hopped to Travel Channel in the first place.

Really though since the Beirut episode the show has gone downhill. It used to be “rude old guy getting into trouble while eating abroad”, but once that episode hit they became addicted to the “message”, since then it’s “contemplative liberal has a sad because people are poor”. The humor of the show is gone.


32 posted on 11/29/2012 10:03:55 AM PST by discostu (Not a part of anyone's well oiled machine.)
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To: discostu

Interesting,yeah i noticed that about the newer episodes but TC runs old episodes,i recall as well that he gave up cigs and cut down on alcohol thats a show killer for me..


33 posted on 11/29/2012 10:44:46 AM PST by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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