Larry Hagman was part of an ensemble cast that found much fame on the long running T.V. Show, Dallas. Found on CBS on Friday nights, Dallas was on the air from 1978 until 1991. The long running drama was about a wealthy oil family located in Dallas, Texas. This show was a true staple of American Television History, and allowed Hagman to be inducted into Texas Film Hall of Fame March of 2010.
Hagman’s newest venture is being spokesman for Solar World, USA. Hagman seems to be a good choice for promoting solar panels, as he is the owner of what may be the largest residential solar array in the country, consisting of 240 solar panels. He will be speaking from what he knows to be true. It is reported that he spent $750,000 on the solar panels, but Hagman explains that he was awarded a $310,000 rebate.
The commercials, currently viewable on the Internet, are set to begin airing next week. Here is a portion of the commercial.”In the past, it was always about the oil,” Mr. Hagman says.”The oil was flowing and so was the money. Too dirty. I quit it years ago,” he growls as he saunters past a portrait of a grinning J.R. in younger days and a TV showing images of an offshore oil rig and blackened waters. Putting on a ten-gallon hat, he heads outside into the sunshine and gazes at a solar array on the roof of the house. “But I’m still in the energy business,” he says. “There’s always a better alternative.” “Shine, baby, shine,” he says, ending the spot with his trademark J.R. laugh.
Hagman continues his stand with this statement,”We can’t expect the government to pull a genie out of a bottle to ease Americans’ addictions to fossil fuels. We need to take the lead in building a solar America. It’s time to rise – and shine, baby, shine!” said Hagman, needling the “drill baby, drill” slogan espoused by the fossil fuel industry.
The upcoming television commercials were written by Hagman, and have already gained plenty of views and popularity. The reason behind the commiercials is in part to the latest disater.The 78-year-old star admits he was moved to make a stand following the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by oil company BP.
“With all that oil gushing away in the Gulf I figured it was time to call for a new direction in where we’re getting our energy.”, Hagman stated.
On a related note, Texas oil billionaire T. Boone Pickens has been doing his own work in recent years to try to convince the nation to kick its addiction to fossil fuels.