5 Things About "The Dukes of Hazzard"

posted by Todd Robbins -

For no particular reason, here are five facts you may not have known about "The Dukes of Hazzard":

1. CBS hated the show: Network Chairman William Paley told "People" magazine in 1981 that he thought it was lousy and didn't get the appeal. Of course, it ran from 1979 to 1985, so what did he know?

2. The General Lee was more popular than the actors: The 1969 Dodge Charger was getting 35,000 fan letters a month at one point, with people asking for pictures and information about it.

Of course, it's a lot less popular now, thanks to that Confederate flag on the roof. Warner Brothers has even stopped selling General Lee merchandise because of that.

3. They went through more than 300 General Lees: The Duke Boys were always putting that car through the wringer . . . jumping stuff, running into stuff . . . how could they not?

4. JOHN SCHNEIDER lied about being a country boy to get on the show: He was born and raised in New York, but when he showed up at his audition, he was unshaven, had a can of beer in his hand, and was even chewing tobacco.

He claimed to be from a small town in Georgia.

5. The guys sliding over the hood started as an ACCIDENT: TOM WOPAT says, quote, "We were coming out of a recording studio, and we had to run down a hill and jump into the car.

"In rehearsal, I jumped on the front fender and across the car in one hop. When I do it [in the actual filming], I was wearing cowboy boots, and when I hit the fender my foot slipped out from under me."

Wopat opened a four-inch gash in his arm, but they decided to stick with it because, quote, "It looked great!" (Lifezette)


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