BEN STILLER AS JR EWING

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12.18.07 155 Comments

Because when I think Ben Stiller, I think patriarchal Texas oil man.

Page Six is reporting that John Travolta has been dropped from the cast [of the upcoming Dallas movie] and replaced by Ben Stiller in the role of J.R. Ewing. According to Page Six’s sources, Travolta was "let go about two weeks ago. He had the role of J.R. Ewing taken from him" — ouch! But don’t feel too bad for Travolta; the same sources went on to say that, "John was given a nice seven-figure ‘gift’ to go away quietly".  [cinematical]

Dude gets seven figures?  All I ever get is pepper spray and a restraining order.  Travolta was attached to the project as far back as 2006, when it was a big-budget drama.  But when they decided to hire Betty Thomas and make it a comedy in the vein of the Brady Bunch movies, Travolta no longer fit the bill. Ironically, people who worship the spirits of dead aliens aren’t very good at not taking themselves too seriously. 

I don’t know a lot about Dallas other than that it popularized the extended dream sequence.  I hate dream sequences.  In fact, I hate it when people tell me about their dreams.  Dreams are basically your brain farting, and I prefer not to have it wafted in my direction. Oh, Dallas is also an anagram of "All Sad". Coincidence?

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