Why Patrick Duffy Was Picked for ‘Welcome to Sweden’
“Welcome to Sweden” boasts of a bevy of special guest stars lead by Amy Poehler, Will Ferrel, Gene Simmons and Aubrey Plaza. But did you know that of all the actors that were set to appear in the first season of the series, none excited Swedish fans of the show more than Patrick Duffy? The actor, who was briefly introduced in “Welcome to Sweden’s” final minutes in the last episode “Fitting In” (air date: Aug. 7, 2014), will be back for another appearance on Aug. 21, 2014. Read further to find out about this news story.
In an exclusive interview with Vulture in July 2014, the show’s star and creator Greg Poehler said that Patrick Duffy (“The Man from Atlantis”) was their first choice to play the role of Bruce’s father on “Welcome to Sweden.” The reason was straightforward: the actor, who rose to stardom in the 1980s via the prime time drama series “Dallas,” is still regarded as Sweden’s biggest star.
“In the ’80s, they only had, like, one channel here, and Dallas was on it, like, 80 percent of the time. He’s still as big as it gets. When he was walking around here, people were totally freaking out. It was great for him, too. He lives on a ranch in Oregon, and I think he was kind of soaking up the adoration here as well. We were, a couple of times, in the city, and he kind of wanted to walk around and get recognized,” said Poehler during the Vulture interview.
Duffy, meanwhile, confirmed this to be the case, saying in a video interview with AOL that the popularity of “Dallas” in Sweden was, “over the moon crazy.” Duffy, who used to do comedy after “Dallas” ended, said that it’s a fortunate opportunity for him and for the show, as publicity has been “pre-made” into the package. The actor is also in the current cast of the “Dallas” reboot, which airs on TNT.
Playing the part of Bruce’s mother, meanwhile, is Illeana Douglas who said via Page Six that she was cast in the series due to her Swedish connections. The actress did an Ikea-centered web series and has a Swedish agent. The actress also shared that filming their episode for “Welcome to Sweden” in Stockholm took four weeks and the script was even done in Swedish.
“Welcome to Sweden” was originally set for Swedish programming and aired several months in the country before NBC decided to import it for their summer slate.
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