Characters You'd Recast

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I watched a recent video of Sarah Douglas, a British actress from Falcon Crest, and got the immediate thought that she could have been convincing as Vanessa. I think she could have added a mysterious edge to the character, looked more like James, and I could believe JR would fall in love with her. Do you have any ideas?
 

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I wish Lucy had been played by an actress who could pull off the vixen role a bit better than Charlene did. Perhaps they wouldn’t have felt the need to tailor the role into a nice girl to better suit Charlene’s talents, and the character would have been more interesting. Someone like Pamela Sue Martin (but a bit younger).
 

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Callie! That doe-eyed hapless woman did nothing interesting on a series like Dallas.
 

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I wish Lucy had been played by an actress who could pull off the vixen role a bit better than Charlene did. Perhaps they wouldn’t have felt the need to tailor the role into a nice girl to better suit Charlene’s talents, and the character would have been more interesting. Someone like Pamela Sue Martin (but a bit younger).
I can see what you're saying and I did like Pamela Sue Martin (well from what I saw of her decades later on Dynasty and mostly from being Nancy Drew). But I did like Lucy for what she was. And in the Art of War the "nice girl" can be far worse than an vixen if they'd gone that way.
 

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Jenna seems obvious. I know some favor Morgan Fairchild, but I'm not wild about any of the actresses who played Jenna.

My problem with Morgan F is that both her style and characterization was very similar to Morgan B as Katherine, so playing Jenna in the same manner would have been redundant. Priscilla was fine as a more likeable Jenna, but her acting wasn't up to some of the more demanding storylines. I've never mentally recast Jenna so I have no one specific in mind, but a better actress than Priscilla and warmer than Morgan F would have been an improvement.
 

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I dunno
SASHA MITCHELL!

Seriously, you can't tell me there's another blonde hunk out there that actually DOES have acting chops? Didn't Knots cast a young Doug Savant at the same time as a young Mack (or was that even earlier?); if so they could've just re-cast him as JRs bastard son.
 

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Jenna seems obvious. I know some favor Morgan Fairchild, but I'm not wild about any of the actresses who played Jenna.

My problem with Morgan F is that both her style and characterization was very similar to Morgan B as Katherine, so playing Jenna in the same manner would have been redundant. Priscilla was fine as a more likeable Jenna, but her acting wasn't up to some of the more demanding storylines. I've never mentally recast Jenna so I have no one specific in mind, but a better actress than Priscilla and warmer than Morgan F would have been an improvement.
Great post. I didn’t buy any of those actresses as the girl who grew up on the next ranch over. I would have conceived Jenna as the girl from the right side of the tracks (as opposed to Pammy), maybe a bit spoiled but not overly so, a bit mischievous and rebellious, and with a warm side as you said. She‘s elegant but also at home on horseback.

Maybe Sela Ward (thought she’s probably about 6-7 years too young).
 

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Great post. I didn’t buy any of those actresses as the girl who grew up on the next ranch over. I would have conceived Jenna as the girl from the right side of the tracks (as opposed to Pammy), maybe a bit spoiled but not overly so, a bit mischievous and rebellious, and with a warm side as you said. She‘s elegant but also at home on horseback.

Maybe Sela Ward (thought she’s probably about 6-7 years too young).
Maybe Jacqueline Smith? Same age as PP.
 

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I can’t think of any characters I would recast off the top of my head but I’m enjoying reading this thread nonetheless.

I wasn’t a big fan of the Haileyville storyline but I wouldn’t recast Cathy Podewell. Callie grew on me a lot when she got to Dallas. I actually ended up enjoying the character and the actress playing her.

Jamie I did not care for in the beginning but I liked the character a lot more in the dream season as I feel she was given some of her best material to work with that season. I thought Jenilee Harrison actually did a fine job and I wouldn’t recast her either.
 

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I´d recast Kay Lloyd with Jaclyn Smith. I even got the proof here!​
 

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Sophia Loren as Vanessa Bellomonte

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Uma Thurman as Jamie Ewing

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April: Any professional actress who could ACT​
 

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Debra Winger as Tracey Lawton

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Judy Landers as Rose McKay

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Tom Berenger as Nicholas Pearce​
 

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Bruce Boxleitner as Matt Cantrell
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Dana Andrews as Wes Parmalee

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Joanna Lumley as Laurel Ellis​
 

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Faye Dunaway as Diana Farrington

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Angie Dickinson as Stephanie Rogers​
 
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