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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Cooter tells Dukes fans to steer away from Hazzard movie

Found this at the Gwinnett Daily Post in Georgia: Ben Jones AKA "Cooter" on the old The Dukes of Hazzard show is telling fans to avoid the upcoming movie like the plague...
Jones urges fans to stay away from ‘Hazzard’

By Doug Gross

The Associated Press

ATLANTA — If television’s ‘‘Crazy Cooter’’ has his way, fans of the ‘‘Dukes of Hazzard’’ may be speeding away from a new movie version of the cornpone classic faster than the Duke boys running from Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane.

Ben Jones, a former Georgia congressman who played the wisecracking mechanic on the popular series from 1979-85, said profanity and sexual content in the film make a mockery of the family friendly show.

‘‘Basically, they trashed our show,’’ said Jones, who now lives in the mountains of Washington, Va. ‘‘It’s one thing to do whatever movie they want to do, but to take a classic family show and do that is like taking ‘‘I Love Lucy’’ and making her a crackhead or something.’’

Jones said he read a script of the movie, which is scheduled to be released next month, and that it contained profanity, ‘‘constant sexual innuendo and some very clear sexual situations.’’

I've heard nothing but bad about this movie. Why oh why did Burt Reynolds and Willie Nelson sign up to make this?!


Anonymous said...

If you were told that you'd have to swear on camera would that keep you from getting to drive the General Lee? Burt and Willie could buy their own cars, but Hazard is iconic. I'm not surprised that they took the role and doubt either of them batted an eyelid to suggestivity and profanity.

Chris Knight said...

Yeah but both Burt and Willie have *careers* to think about. They're flushing whatever credibility they have left by doing this.