Henry Winkler thinks he’s a “damn fool” for turning down the Grease role

When it comes to iconic Greaser characters in entertainment, Henry Winkler’s Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli is certainly near the top of the list, but the actor is almost added another iconic lubricant for his filmography. While speaking with CNN’s Chris Wallace, Henry Winkler revealed that he had rejected an offer to participate in Cool movies as Danny Zuko, a move he came to regret.

Henry Winkler told Chris Wallace that he was desperate for work. “It was so bad that not only could I not find work, but I was sitting at my desk at Paramount and I was literally thinking, “Am I ever going to find something as influential as the Fonz?”Winkler said. “How will I know? Will anyone ever ask me? I don’t get any offers.” When the offer for Cool came, Henry Winkler feared he would be typecast and turned down the role, but now admits he was a “damn fool” to do so. “I didn’t realize until years later…I was like, ‘I’ve played the Fonz. I don’t want to do it again, but it’s already happened, I’m already typecast,Winkler said. “I should have just shut up and had a really good time making that movie. Now I go home, I say no and I have a Diet Coke. John Travolta goes home and has finished the movie and buys a plane.” It is of course difficult to imagine anyone other than John Travolta playing the role of Danny Zuko in Coolbut one has to wonder what the movie would have been like if Henry Winkler didn’t say no.

Henry Winkler returns for the fourth season of Barrywhich is expected to be last for the HBO series. Winkler told Variety at the Primetime Emmy Awards earlier this year that co-creators Bill Hader and Alec Berg would “never try to stretch“the series, adds,”they don’t want to push it.As a performer, he added that he hoped the series would continue, if only so he could continue to appear in it.

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