Dukes of Hazzard is still an amazingly popular show 36 years after it originally premiered on air. The Hollywood Billboard visited with John Schneider about what he has been up to lately.
Currently, Schneider is back in Atlanta filming Tyler Perry's ground-breaking series for OWN Network, The Haves and the Have Nots. Schneider was labeled a "good ole boy" on The Dukes of Hazzard as Bo Duke, and played another lovable character as Jonathan Kent on Smallville. So, we asked him what it's like to play Jim Cryer, the villain on the show.
"It's so much better playing the villain, because you can get away with anything," Schneider said. "Playing despicable and selfish on a daily basis, makes me much nicer in person."
Schneider is enjoying the part, and he is excited the series is about to wrap season 3 this month.
When not in front of the camera, Schneider is deeply involved in another passion: filmmaking projects with his production company, John Schneider Studios. When scouting locations for his film Smothered, which Schneider wrote and directed, he fell in love with this area in Holden, Louisiana.
"I found the perfect location to shoot, in an old YMCA camp," he said. "It was just a happy and productive place to film. It was an 18-day shoot, with no overtime, we all stayed on the property. Its a location where you park your work truck and never leave. Half way through filming, the idea started formulating."
That was the next stage for the 55-year old. "It took a year to negotiate and plan, but we finally acquired the property. We cleaned everything up, cleaned out the pool, driveways, the buildings. It had been rundown for years. In 2014, we had five films on location and four commercials."
His company also hosts a film mentorship program that teaches filmmaking. One of the films produced by the mentorship program is Like Son. They will begin shooting a second one, Anderson Bench, in May.
The studios are 45 minutes from Baton Rouge airport and 50 minutes from New Orleans airport...on 58 acres designed for filming. We have a river, lake, swamp, baseball field, expansive fields, as well as a full five acres of Southeast Asia-like giant bamboo," he said.
"If you need to be smart in spending your money, come to a place like John Schneider Studios and spend it wisely."
This November, Schneider will set sail on a celebrity cruise leaving from New Orleans and heading to Cozumel, Mexico. "It's a four-day adventure," he said. "I will be performing in the concert hall, hosting screenings of two of my recent films, hosting Q and A's. I would love this venture to be so popular we can do it every year."
"My hopes are our guests immerse themselves in the film making process. Learn what a storyteller does. Eventually on this cruise we can add editors, directors, so our guests get the experience of a cinematic tutorial. But I also want it to be so comfortable, if you want to know what ADR means, I can tell you at the pool. This venture is very fan based. The amazing fans will make this work."
"The single most rewarding part of my career is co-founding The Children's Miracle Network Hospital with my good friend Marie Osmond," Schneider said. "It is the single largest children's charity in the world. Thirty-two years ago, we were two young people with forward thinking, and big ideas to give something back. Marie is the hardest working woman I know. My friendship with her continues to flourish. Today, children that the charity helped save, are parents now. That is so powerful to me. My films and tv projects just entertain people for an hour or hour and a half. They don't save lives. I am more proud of that than anything I have ever been a part of. I don't ever see that changing."
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