Larry Hagman Has Mellowed, But “J.R.” Hasn’t

Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman /photo by Jeanne Prejean
photography by Melisa Oporto

Salty-talking Larry Hagman says a new book  recounting his obnoxious behavior making the old I Dream of Jeannie TV show is “absolutely right.” According to the new tell-all by Hagman’s Jeannie co-star Barbara Eden — which Hagman says he recently read – the actor was rough on crew members and once even urinated on the set.

“I was an a******,” Hagman, now 80, said in Dallas Friday. “But I’m not an a****** anymore.” The Fort Worth-born actor reportedly cleaned up his act after quitting drinking and undergoing a life-saving liver transplant.

Hagman, who was in town as an awards-presenter for the Dallas International Film Festival, is scheduled to reprise his role as the devious “J.R. Ewing” in a new TNT television pilot based on the popular, long-running Dallas TV series. He said the pilot will be filmed “all over Dallas,” and revealed that the new iteration of J.R. will show no signs of mellowing with age. “He’ll be the same a****** he always was,” Hagman said.

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