“Dukes of Hazzard” star John Schneider has flashbacks to his time on the hit TV show every time he comes across a muscle car or sports car. Schneider revealed that his first thought is if he could slide across the hood. It’s a practice he became accustomed to during his time on the show.
The Duke boys rarely ever used doors either. They were often jumping into The General Lee through the windows. Sometimes overexcited fans will ask the actor to reenact the move on their own vehicles. Schneider said he’s usually more than happy to oblige.
“Well sure, but my first thought is will they let me slide over the hood, but sometimes I love to slide in through the window,” Schneider told Viral Hare. “But an important thing, if you slide into a window is you have to have, this is a must this is not a maybe, you have to remove the unlock post from the door cause if you don’t you get caught on it, some people want me to slide into the window of their car and I will, but not if the unlock post is there because that’s no fun.”
“Dukes of Hazzard” and The General Lee
Of course, John Schneider had one of the baddest muscle cars in all of TV land for a time. The General Lee proved to be instantly iconic and is what most audiences remember from the show. “The Dukes of Hazzard” often used various stunts during its run, especially in the show’s early seasons.
Schneider and his cast actually interacted with multiple General Lees throughout the show. In fact, the show ended up destroying around 300 of the 1969 Dodge Challengers. It became so bad that production was constantly on the lookout for new vehicles to buy up. They would try to patch up the vehicles the best that they could. But there’s only so many times you can send a car flying through the air before it becomes a complete wreck.
The Duke boys and their car were inseparable on the show though. And Schneider still obviously has an affinity for muscle cars himself. How can he not after spending years jumping in and out of one? Of course, the actor never performed those high-flying stunts himself.
The show had a stunt team and a bit of television magic to make it all look seamless. In later seasons, the show moved to using models and miniatures instead, which were less received by audiences.