Linda Gray compared Donald Trump to JR Ewing

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  1. Angela Channing

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    From the Irish Independent newspaper:

    Despite Dallas celebrating its 40th anniversary earlier this year, Gray dismissed the idea a character like JR would not be a hit with viewers today and said Mr Trump, who was a well-known tycoon before entering the White House, reminds her of her on-screen husband.

    She told the Press Association: “We have a president like that. There are personalities like that around the world, it’s not just here.

    “It’s that kind of big personality; the ego, the money, the deals and the philandering.

    “I am talking about personalities, bigger-than-life personalities. Like JR, it’s all about the deal – how can we do this? How can we manoeuvre this?

    “I find a lot of people who have an enormous amount of money, they have a lot of influence, they can influence a lot of people by the way they control things.”

    Dallas star Linda Gray compares Donald Trump to JR Ewing

    Ultimately, JR lost his company to his life long adversary.
     
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    Yip!! I agree, lots in common - money, power, women, influence, egos (dodgy hair too)

     
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    In the 1980s people voted for JR Ewing for President. Now Donald Trump is President. Coincidence?

    I don't know but it does say something about society.

    Also I agree with Linda that Donald Trump and JR are alike in that sense. :giggle:
     
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    Yes, they are similar personalities.
     
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    If anything I'd argue television IS missing a character like J.R. Ewing. There is a simple answer why people were so attracted to him. Men wanted to be him. Women wanted to be with him. J.R. would never apologize for his behaviour and why should he? He relished the notion all eyes were on him when he entered the room. I'd imagine Donald Trump commands such a presence and this was before he was President.

    The majority of male characters on television today put me to sleep. It's a trend that has occured I'd say in the last 20 years or so. Male characters - much like society - have been diluted. Where are the Jock Ewing's of today? A man's man.
     
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    And Mandy would make a perfect Melania. Or maybe better Serena? Or even Angelica?

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    not to mention being motivated largely by inheriting power from a hard-ass self-made father who didn't give enough affection or approval.
     
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    Not even fit to shine his shoes.

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    Both JR and The Donald are adept at self promotion - but both also were serially in debt and embarked on ventures that belied their claims to be good at business.
     
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    Usually takes the 3rd generation to fix the deal with the devil the first made and the mess the second made living up to, with or against the first. Things don’t calm down to the fourth.
     

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