Before the re-release of “My Beautiful Genius” on Peruvian television, fans have been following her story, the same one that was starring Barbara EdenLarry Hagman and Bill Daily between 1965 to 1970. With fun recorded chapters, documentaries, biographies and interviews they expose what happened behind the scenes.
One of these materials is the biography of Larry Hagman, Anthony Nelson in “I dream a Jeannie”in which he talks about his life as an actor, as well as the time he had for the series that led him to international fame.
An Elephant and Fear by Larry Hagman
The Cheatsheet portal cites the book “Hello darlin’!: tall (and absolutely true) such about my life”, in which Hangman shares his memories, but also unique anecdotes from “My beautiful genius”. In the text, he mentioned what happened when recording “The guests of the permanent house”, chapter 24 of the first season.
In this episode, Jeannie is unsettled because her master doesn’t make wishes for her. At her insistence, Anthony thinks of ‘a big object’ and the genie brings an elephant. Although the presence of the animal is only a few minutes, it served to give the plot a thread.
Larry Hagman told his version of what it was like to record with the mammal. “Barbara and I were doing a scene where Jeannie showed up with an elephant. The director asked us to be still for the scene change and they brought it. The problem was that we couldn’t turn it around,” said the actor.
Sidney Sheldon, director and creator of the series, tried to get the animal to turn around and look at the camera, but he was unsuccessful, so he decided to continue the scene with the elephant with his back to the public.
“When she was claiming to have it close, the animal raised its tail and whipped it. Literally about me. I ran out to shower and change my clothes. Probably the most mortifying moment of my career,” the interpreter wrote.
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