Thursday 21 November 2019

‘They cried a lot’ – John Stamos admits he almost sacked the Olsens on Full House

The 26-year-olds made their debut on American sit-com 'Full House' and went on to build up a business empire.
The 26-year-olds made their debut on American sit-com 'Full House' and went on to build up a business empire.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A preview of the upcoming Unauthorized Full House Story due to screen on Lifetime shows actor John Stamos trying to sack Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

Stamos has since told critics at the Television Critics Association's press tour that this did indeed happen during filming of the series which ran from 1987 to 1995.

Stamos played Jesse in the ABC show and the Olsen twins (who shared the role of Michelle Tanner on the hit American sitcom) were cast before they turned one year old.

It was at this point Stamos could have altered the course of history (at least the Olsens') by sacking them.

The original cast of Full House
The original cast of Full House

"It's sort of true that the Olsen twins cried a lot," he said.  "It was very difficult to get the shot.  So I, 'Get them out!'  That is actually 100 per cent accurate."

He added, "They brought in a couple of unattractive redheaded kids.  We tried that for a while and that didn't work.  [Producers] were like, 'All right, get the Olsen twins back.' And that's the story."

Although the now-28-year-old Olsens have been invited to appear in Stamos' upcoming Fuller House reboot for Netflix, they have not committed.

Two episodes have already been shot so it looks unlikely they will appear although Stamos has said he remains hopeful.

Many of the original castmembers are returning for Fuller House, as Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie), Dave Coulier (Joey Gladstone) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy Gibbler) are all confirmed for the ensemble.

John is producing the series and he’ll reprise his part as Uncle Jesse in a guest appearance. Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin are still in talks for Fuller House, which broadcasts via streaming service Netflix in 2016.

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