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I'm a Proud Texan": Jared Padalecki Talks Walker, Family, and the Legacy of Supernatural
2024/06/05

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Jared Padalecki, best known for his portrayal of Sam Winchester in the long-running television drama "Supernatural," is embarking on a new chapter in his career with the reimagining of the classic series "Walker, Texas Ranger." Stepping into the iconic boots of a Texas lawman, Padalecki is embracing the challenge of bringing a modern, socially conscious perspective to the beloved character. While acknowledging the legacy of Chuck Norris's original portrayal, he's determined to create a fresh and relevant take on the classic story.

 

A Modern-Day Texas Ranger

Padalecki's "Walker" is set in Austin, Texas, where he himself has resided for over a decade. This provides him with a unique understanding of the state's culture and the challenges faced by contemporary law enforcement. He aims to capture the spirit of the original series, while delving into issues like racial inequality and the complexities of modern society.

"It's Very Timely"

"My Walker, the Cordell Walker that I play, has nothing in common with Chuck Norris’ Walker—other than the name," Padalecki explains.

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"And so our show is a reimagining more than a remake. And it’s very timely. It exists in our current moments, in our current state of political dichotomy and awareness of racial inequality. And it has a socially conscious way of asking, 'Hey, is everything working the way it should be?' From the top down and from the bottom up."

This commitment to addressing contemporary issues is a significant departure from the original "Walker, Texas Ranger," which

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