Jesse Metcalfe Was Hesitant About Taking On 'Dallas' Remake Role
Actor Jesse Metcalfe was initially cautious to sign up for a starring role on the new Dallas revamp because he felt the TV industry was already flooded with too many series remakes.
The former Desperate Housewives star had just filmed another new TV show in Texas when he was approached to join the original cast members of the 1980s night time soap opera, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, for an updated version of the drama.
However, Metcalfe was "critical of the idea" and wasn't convinced a modern-day Dallas would be a hit - until he gave the script a proper read through.
He tells PR.com, "Ironically, I was shooting another series in Dallas that was called Chase, on NBC. We actually didn't get a full season. We did 18 episodes and I got a call asking if I wanted to put myself on tape for the new Dallas."
"Initially, I was reticent. I was definitely critical of the idea. There's been such a huge wave of remakes over the last five to 10 years, most of which had failed. I wasn't looking to come off of one show that was being cancelled and do a pilot that I thought had a great chance of being cancelled."
"But after I read the script and saw the strength of the writing, and how well developed and complex these characters were, I was interested."
Metcalfe actually auditioned to play John Ross Ewing, the part that eventually went to Josh Henderson - but he insists he's happier portraying Christopher Ewing, the son of Duffy's iconic character Bobby.
He says, "I had done an audition for John Ross and there was some interest there, and we were going to negotiate a test deal. But they decided to test Josh Henderson and they held on to him for the role. I think that's just great casting and perfect. When they came back to me for Christopher, I was thrilled because I really identified with that character even more."