John Schneider and Tom Wopat will always be remembered for their roles on The Dukes of Hazzard. Although most folks will remember their incredible car scenes, not as many will recall that they once rode a horse together.
How many of you Outsiders knew that John Schneider and Tom Wopat once rode a horse together? We didn’t until we came across a 2013 interview of when the cast got back together. Everyone always wants the actors to open up about their famous chase scenes. While everyone loves the quick cuts and the big jumps, the show had some other great moments as well.
Schneider, who played Bo Duke, and Wopat, who played Luke Duke, touched on one of those moments. They recalled one scene where the audience sees them riding in on a horse together.
“We also rode together on a horse one time,” Wopat recalls.
“Oh, geez!” Schneider quickly responds while laughing hysterically. “We ‘kind of’ rode together on a horse.”
In the scene, the Duke boys come riding in on the horse, jump a fence, and then race to the farm. What the audience doesn’t see, however, is how both actors slowly fell off the side of the saddle right as the directing was saying cut.
“You see this shot, coming up over the horizon,” Wopat recalled. “You see Tom in front and John in back. And then all of the sudden you see us just tip right off the side.”
Both men were laughing so hard remembering what happened that they had to hang on to each other as not to fall out of their chairs.
How Many General Lees Were Used in ‘Dukes of Hazzard’?
Alrighty, Outsiders. We gave you a funny horse story involving John Schneider and Tom Wopat. Now we’ve got to leave you with at least one cool story about the Dukes of Hazzard famous orange Dodge Charger, otherwise known as “General Lee.”
Schneider once told Studio 10 that they went through a couple of hundred of General Lees in total. Turns out all of those iconic scenes took a toll on the cars.
“We went through — my conservative estimate is 329,” he said. “150 shows, two cars a show, and leave a little room for error,” Schneider said. “When they landed they didn’t land well. They kind of came apart.”
“When you hit the ramp, the damage is already done,” Schneider explained. “You hit the ramp, the radiator usually gets pushed back. The fan comes through the radiator. That stops. You’ve still got your foot on the gas, you blow a head gasket, you blow the motor, and then you hit the ground.”
As a matter of fact, by the time the show had ended, there was a General Lee graveyard. That’s where they kept all of the broken and damaged cars. They were able to scrap those and take parts as needed to keep the cars running that were in better condition.