Seinfeld Star Apologizes For Having Co-star’s Character Killed Off Show0 Comments

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Posted on 07 Jun 2015 at 1:33am

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Actor Jason Alexander has apologized to his former Seinfeld co-star Heidi Swedberg for causing her character to get killed off the show.

The actor appeared on shock-jock Howard Stern‘s radio show earlier this week, where he revealed that Swedberg was difficult to work with — not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Swedberg played Susan, the fiancee of Alexander’s George Costanza, who dies after licking the toxic glue off of the envelopes for the couple’s wedding invitations that George had ordered from overseas.

“I love her. She’s a terrific girl. I love her,” Alexander explains, “[but] I couldn’t figure out how to play off of her. Her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was, and mine were always misfiring.

“And she would do something, and I would go, ‘OK, I see what she’s going to do; I’m going to adjust to her,’ and then I’d adjust, and it would change.”

Alexander goes on to reveal that he told co-stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jerry Seinfeld that Swedberg was difficult for him to figure out, and both scoffed until they finally had the chance to work with her.

Julia actually said, ‘I know it’s, just, don’t you just want to kill her?'” Alexander says. “And (co-creator_ Larry (David) went, ‘Kabang! Now we’ve got to kill her.'”

The actor likened working with her to “punching into Jello”; and following his interview with Stern offered an apology to Swedberg via social media.

Ok folks, I feel officially awful. Yesterday on @Sternshow, I retold a story I had told years ago about my personal difficulties and insecurities in playing George against the Susan that Heidi Swedberg created,” he writes. “The impetus for telling this story was that Howard said, ‘Julia Louis Dreyfuss told me you all wanted to kill her.’ So I told the story to try and clarify that no one wanted to kill Heidi.”

“But in telling this story, it sounds like we are putting a heavy burden on Heidi. I, personally, am not. Heidi would always ask if there was anything in the scenes she could do or if I had any thoughts. She was generous and gracious and I am so mad at myself for retelling this story in any way that would diminish her,” Alexander adds, “If I had had more maturity or more security in my own work, I surely would have taken her query and possibly tried to adjust the scenes with her. She surely offered. But, I didn’t have that maturity or security… To Heidi, I personally apologize. You are a sweetheart. I actually launched into this on Stern to defend you. But this is why I’m not a lawyer. Now everybody, calm down and just enjoy the reruns and think, ‘why did he think this wasn’t working? This is great.'”

Read Alexander’s full post here.

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