While the original The Dukes of Hazzard aired from 1979 to 1985, the series has returned in movie form numerous times over the years. And original star John Schneider certainly isn’t a fan of all of them. The original series follows speed-demons Bo and Luke Duke of Hazzard County, Georgia. Although they never mean to, the boys always seem to find themselves caught up with the law. Of course, like any good comedy series, the beloved main characters wiggle their way out of any real trouble in the end.
Since the series ended in the mid-80s, the franchise has had many revivals, starting with the 2000 movie, The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood. In the film, Luke and Bo Duke head to Hollywood to sell music and raise money for a new hospital back home. However, like always, the cousins make some enemies along the way, including hitmen, greedy producers and even Russian mobsters.
While the movie was a success, star Schneider reported that he had to defend the Dukes’ integrity within the storyline.
During the scripting of the film, writers tried to have the Dukes camp out “under the Hollywood sign because we didn’t know any better,” Schneider reported. The stage direction indicated that the characters didn’t have any street smarts. However, Schneider put a stop to the injustice.
He explained that the Dukes defeated their Atlanta rivals time and again in the original series. Although they may come from a dusty town, that doesn’t mean the Dukes can’t defend themselves in the city.
‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ Gets a Revamp
Five years after Hazzard in Hollywood, the franchise releases a movie remake of the series with an all-new cast. Sean William Scott replaces John Schneider as Bo Duke. Johnny Knoxville replaces Tom Wopat as Luke Duke, and Jessica Simpson replaces Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke.
While some may find the movie remake a comical tribute to the series, Schneider strongly disagrees, deeming the film “atrocious” and “an insult to all Dukes of Hazzard fans.”
However, he doesn’t blame the actors for the poor portrayal of the series. Instead, he blames the crew behind the scenes.
“The writers’ fault, certainly,” Schneider said. “And the man that produced that travesty I think should have known better.”
Schneider’s main problem with the movie remake was that it was too “raunchy.” And he’s not without cause. The sexual undertones and innuendos, especially surrounding Daisy Duke, are exponentially heightened.
“Same thing with the ABC Family prequel they did,” Schneider added, referring to the movie, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Beginning, which depicts Bo and Luke Duke as in their first few weeks in Hazzard County.
“If possible, that was even raunchier than the one that came out in 2006,” the original Bo Duke shared.