Mike Farrell was terrified when he first took his role on M*A*S*H
When Farrell joined the cast of M*A*S*H, the pressure was high, but the show's ratings proved higher.
Mike Farrell played the role of Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt on M*A*S*H for a total of 179 episodes. He joined the series after Wayne Rogers, who played Capt. Trapper John McIntyre, departed at the end of the show's third season.
Joining any cast after they've already seen success from prior seasons must come with some amount of pressure. And for Farrell, it did.
Farrell did an interview with Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 1976 while on vacation in Hawaii. He said he was scared when he first took the role of Hunnicutt.
"I was plain terrified," he started. "It was a family that had been living together for three years, and I was the adopted son. And not only that, but I have billing over everyone in the cast except Alan Alda. So I was not only the new guy, but the new guy on top of everyone."
Farrell joined the cast when M*A*S*H ratings were at a low, so a lot was riding on him being successful in the role. According to the actor, no one had ever told him a "satisfactory explanation of what makes a TV series go."
"I figured all that had to happen was I'd be the guy who torpedos M*A*S*H," he said. "Fortunately that didn't happen."
It turned out that Farrell's fright wasn't justified. Not only do we know how well-rated M*A*S*H became, but we also know how successful Farrell was in the role of Capt. Hunnicutt.
Farrell said he was surprised by how open and welcoming the cast was. With all of his success on M*A*S*H, he said he still didn't consider it his break.
"I've had so many big breaks... but M*A*S*H is the biggest thing for me in terms of public visibility," he said. "It's my biggest step, I suppose."
The pressure was high for Farrell, but he handled it just like a Captain would.
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Interesting dynamic here.
I've been a part of this website for years, including when Disqus was the publisher's platform. And conversation-wise there were no holds barred. I mean, individuals would rip each other, insisting on their point, through 10 exchanges of conflict. That's how bad it got. Many were banned from the site.
When the Website changed to the current platform, the new Service did remove some disadvantageous elements, and got rid of all the spam. Gradually the community increased again, and learned to balanced exchanges, civil discussions, and offer examples to illustrate their points. So the focus was on something objective, and not the other person. And that's what I try to do, like with the MASH discussion (BJ vs. Trapper). Meaning it's kind of nice to know why!
Or I stay away from the Shows I dislike and don't get involved. You know, because those Shows (those actors) mean entertainment for other people, and maybe a few are truly their favorites. I 𝒘𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 be very defensive of my own if they were on here.
IMO it's never my job (purpose) to bring someone else down, here. People need to agree to disagree, and move on, without having to revisit the conflict, repeatedly.
Here's my example. On another website, to which I was newly introduced and with no history of it to my name. I watched (read) the self-appointed facilitator flattering others with compliments and attention. And was denied replies or affirmation of my own. No one came after me, aggressively; I can hold my own. But it was the disrespect of being ignored, without any qualification. Because with everyone else, it was really fun.
When I brought the matter up with the person involved, in trying to figure out how to be compatible. Without any elaboration or faith in another person's good intention. The reply was. "𝙔𝙤𝙪 𝙠𝙣𝙤𝙬, 𝙄 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙙𝙤𝙣'𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙮𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙢𝙚𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚𝙙."
It took me a very long time to figure that life-lesson out. But it taught me that 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒑𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒄𝒆 is surely in the eye of the beholder.
I've been enjoying all your comments and look forward to them continuing! 😉