People often hear what they want to hear. It’s not only foreign languages that need translating…
I’m going to say it. I’m going to say it loud…
Here it comes…
I LOVE BEING BO!
I can think of no greater honor or privilege than having a youngster look up to me. I get that every day with the Dukes. Now that it’s back on CMT I get it even more and from increasingly younger little guys and gals.
Someone once said that the Dukes is as hopelessly out of date today as it was back when we first did it in 1979.
I agree. That’s why it’s so much fun. So… innocent. So not tied to any fashion, perspective or political group. I believe that’s why most of the responses to my blog a few days ago told stories of people growing up watching Dukes on Friday nights with their grandparents.
I like that.
I admit it… I do get a little testy every decade or so with someone introducing me as “Bo Duke.” I am, after all, John Schneider who played Bo Duke. 35 years is a long time to be called by a name other than your own…
There is a difference. Right..? Like I say up there on top: Actors aren’t who they play… who they play is a part of who they are.
Everyone is allowed to shine a light on a part of their personalities at different times of their lives. Sometimes were happy… sad… sometimes we like romance novels… sometimes detective stories.
Many times of the year I am mostly (but not totally) Bo. That is usually the carefree part of my year. The easy going, have a beer with my buddies time of year. The “lets play golf and lie to each other about how good we are for four hours or so” time of year.
See..? Dukes even brings JOHN SCHNEIDER back to a simpler, more relaxing time.
I love it. But here is what I honestly prefer. Personally I think this lands better:
My answer..?”Yes I am and YES I can! I love Bo too!”
See..? It’s simple and we both win!
Again I say… I love being part of what I truly believe is the best show EVER on television. But let’s find a balance here. I am the guy who played Bo. The guy from New York who played the guy from Georgia. Some people would call that acting! Some.
Here’s a funny thing… I really think that if I were from a small town in Georgia and I played a cop from Westchester County New York that I would be considered an actor. The other way around..? Not so much!
I am delighted that Dukes is back on CMT. I am looking forward to jumping in the window and sliding across the hood (and thanks to T25 and P90X I still can!)!
Keep it tuned to CMT and to OWN. You’ll see a pretty huge difference between those two characters! Remember that good old Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle) was also the Texas Ranger who mowed down Bonnie and Clyde in the movie!
Now check out my studio site! John Schneider’s Fairlight Films.