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EntertainmentHow Luke Perry fought for his role on Riverdale

11:35  20 april  2019
11:35  20 april  2019 Source:   ew.com

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Luke Perry wasn't going to let someone else play Archie's father on ' Riverdale .' “But Luke [ Perry ] came in and fought for the role [of Archie’s dad]. We had to make a decision: Do we do this or do we not do this. Part of the show is there’s so much nostalgia involved, so there is something about having

' Riverdale ' casting director David Rapaport just revealed that they almost didn't cast Luke Perry as Fred Andrews. Find out more here. The news about Perry ’s death broke last month. In addition to pausing production on Riverdale , the show’s executive producers released a joint statement in which

How Luke Perry fought for his role on Riverdale© Cate Cameron/The CW Riverdale "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend" Pictured: Luke Perry

In its third season, Riverdale is known for casting former teen idols as parents. They’ve done it with the likes of Skeet Ulrich, Molly Ringwald, Mädchen Amick, and most recently, Chad Michael Murray. But it was the late Luke Perry who played the biggest role in launching that trend.

Perry, who passed away in March of 2019 after suffering a massive stroke at the age of 52, was the first parent cast on the hit CW drama.

“Initially we were afraid of casting former teen idols because we thought that would be too kitschy,” casting director David Rapaport tells EW. “But Luke [Perry] came in and fought for the role [of Archie’s dad]. We had to make a decision: Do we do this or do we not do this. Part of the show is there’s so much nostalgia involved, so there is something about having a former heartthrob play the father of a heartthrob. Luke was the first one that we cast. And then Mädchen [Amick] was undeniable, and Marisol’s [Nichols] performance blew us away. Then Skeet Ulrich came in and seemed like a no-brainer, and we hired Robin Givens and Molly Ringwald, and then it became the cool thing to do.”

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So how do Riverdale address Luke Perry ’s death in the new season of Riverdale ? Riverdale writers have penned a touching tribute episode to the late A number of the Riverdale cast posted messages on social media to commemorate Luke , with star Lili Reinhart writing: ‘Tonight’s episode, and all

US actor Luke Perry has died in California at the age of 52, less than a week after suffering a Image caption Perry gained fame for his role on Beverly Hills 90210. Sarah Michelle Geller, the star of the Buffy series, shared that she was comforting Doherty over Perry 's death, adding: "This is not how it's

Perry, who was known as a “father figure” on the Riverdale set, appeared as Fred Andrews as recently as this week’s episode.

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