THE Fonz would never be allowed on TV these days, his Happy Days co-star reckons.
Ron Howard, who played Richie Cunningham, thinks the US sitcom character is too much of a womanising wideboy for the #MeToo Generation.
He said: “There are some behaviours that everybody thought were absolutely hilarious that were portrayed in the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties that we’ve come to realise are just not acceptable. I think that would affect all the characters but certainly somebody as bold as the Fonz would probably have to be reigned in.”
Ron, 64, is now Hollywood royalty as an Oscar-winning director. His films include Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13.
But he made his breakthrough in 1974 opposite Henry Winkler, now 73, who was The Fonz.
The super-cool greaser had a wall filled with the phone numbers of his many girlfriends. When he clicked his fingers, they came running.
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Fans have been hoping for a revival for many years.
But Ron, who is about to launch the second series of his sci-fi show MARS on National Geographic on November 11, thinks Fonz would have to change.
He said: “He’d need to be taught a lesson within the context of the show. Perhaps someone would have to sit him down and talk to him.”