John Stamos Reveals Near-Quit Experience as Uncle Jesse in ‘Full House’: The Untold Story Behind the Iconic Role

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The Full House Cast consisting of John Stamos

John Stamos, the iconic Uncle Jesse from the beloved sitcom “Full House,” revealed that he almost quit his role after the show’s first table read. In an episode of “Hot Ones,” Stamos, now 59, admitted that he initially “hated” filming for the show but eventually grew to love it.

During the show’s early development, it was conceived as an adult comedy centered around Stamos, Dave Coulier, and the late Bob Saget’s characters. However, as the script evolved, children were introduced, and “Full House” became the heartwarming family sitcom adored by audiences in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

At the first table read, Stamos became concerned that his character, Uncle Jesse Katsopolis, would be overshadowed by the children. He recounted, “Jodie Sweetin, who plays Stephanie, reads her lines, and people are dying laughing, I mean screaming. I was like, ‘What’s happening here?’ You couldn’t even hear my lines; they were laughing so hard at her.”

Feeling disheartened, Stamos called his agent immediately after the table read, exclaiming, “Get me the (expletive) off this show!” However, as he delved deeper into his character, Uncle Jesse, he realized that “Full House” wasn’t centered around any single character but rather the theme of love.

The show revolved around single father Danny Tanner (Saget) raising his daughters D.J. (Candace Cameron), Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) with the support of his brother-in-law Jesse Katsopolis (John Stamos) and best friend Joey Gladstone (Coulier).

“Full House” enjoyed a successful run from 1987 to 1995, and its spinoff, “Fuller House,” was released on Netflix from 2016 to 2020, spanning five seasons.

Interestingly, Jodie Sweetin, who played Stephanie Tanner, was the first person to be cast in “Full House.” Writer-producer-director Jeff Franklin shared this tidbit on Dave Coulier’s debut episode of the “Full House Rewind” podcast.

During the first table read, nearly 100 people were present, most likely eager to see Stamos. However, Sweetin’s exceptional sense of humor stole the spotlight, leaving a lasting impression on everyone present.

Coulier remembered leaving the table read with Stamos, who expressed his concern, “The whole show’s gonna be (Jodie). We can’t do this.”

Franklin disclosed that John Stamos was upset about potentially playing second fiddle to the hilarious kids on set and even contacted his agent, considering leaving the show. Eventually, Stamos came to terms with working alongside the talented children and animals, knowing they would frequently upstage him.

Despite his initial reservations, John Stamos embraced his role as Uncle Jesse, and his performance remains a cherished part of television history.

Source : USA Today

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