Larry Hagman on Cancer Battle: 'I'm Going to Work Through the Whole Thing'
"Extra" host Maria Menounos went on an exclusive set tour of the new "Dallas" TV reboot where she sat down with its star, Larry Hagman, to talk about reprising his role as baddie J.R. Ewing, and about his battle against prostate cancer.
"I feel good," said the 80-year-old star. "I haven't started my therapy yet, but it's treatable and curable. I'm going to try to work through the whole thing and keep working during the therapy."
Hagman said he has become a vegetarian, too. "I've lost about six pounds already in about eight days."
The TV star is excited to play the patriarch of a new brood of Ewings. "For one thing, I'm working at 80, which is good," Hagman laughed.
Will J.R. still be cunning and evil? "I'd like to think I would be, yes. Everyone in the world, whether they're Chinese or English or Turkish or African, they all have a jerk like J.R. in their family somewhere. That's the way it works."
Hagman is also joined by original cast members Patrick Duffy as Bobby Ewing, and Linda Gray as Sue Ellen Ewing. Duffy said returning to the "Dallas" set was like "living your life in the rear-view mirror."
Duffy said that being with his old friends has been wonderful. "From the first table reading of Dallas in 1978, we all walked into the room for the first time and became the best of friends."
As for the new, younger cast, actor Josh Henderson will play John Ross, son of J.R. and Sue Ellen, and Jesse Metcalfe will portray Bobby's adopted son Christopher.
"We're kind of carrying the torch, the younger generation," said Metcalfe. Henderson added, "It's drama. It's sexy. It's passionate."