Explains Susan’s death: Jason Alexander Susan
Published: June 4, 2015
Explains Susan’s death: Jason Alexander Susan, It is hard to be the most unlikable person on a show about horrible people, but it seems getting killed off because of it is easy.
Jason Alexander has revealed the real reason behind one of the strangest television deaths of all time.
The Seinfeld actor told Howard Stern on Wednesday why his on-screen fiancee Susan had to meet an early demise, 19 years after her TV death.
Susan, played by Heidi Swedberg, died at the end of Season 7 of the iconic Nighties show after the glue used on the cheap wedding envelopes her fiance George had bought turned out to be toxic.
While not a main character, her death came as a welcomed shock to fans, who just had not fallen in love with Susan despite numerous appearances as first a television executive interested in George and title character Jerry Seinfeld’s pilot, George’s girlfriend who ‘turned’ lesbian and then the mean spirited character’s betrothed.
Jason told Stern it was not the cheap glue that killed Susan but rather the two actors’ lack of chemistry.
Giving the it’s not you, it’s me routine which was made famous by the show, Jason claimed it was not that he did not like actress, they just did not work well together.
The 55-year-old star said on the SiriusXM show: ‘This poor girl, this poor girl. The preamble to this is the actress is this wonderful girl, Ms. Swedberg, I love her, she is a terrific girl.’
‘[It was that] I couldn’t figure how to play off of her, her instincts for doing a scene, where the comedy was and mine were always misfiring.’
However, Susan made for a great character for the notoriously shallow and selfish George to play off of.
‘The thing was what Heidi brought to the character was that we could do the most horrible things to her and the audience was still on my side.
‘She wasn’t playing a b***hy character or anything, they knew it wasn’t a good fit.’
When he tried to explain the issue to the rest of the cast – Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards – and creator Larry David, they all thought he was crazy.
‘After every episode we’d all go out, not the guest cast, the four of us and Larry and we’d have a bite to eat.
‘Finally they do an episode where Elaine and Jerry have a lot of material with her, they do the week and we go to the restaurant afterwards and they say ”You know what… it’s f**king impossible.”
‘And Julia went, ”I know don’t you just want to kill her?”
‘And Larry went ”KaBlam, now we’ve got to kill her!”’
While the whole Seinfeld thing did not workout, Heidi Swedberg, continued to act in numerous television shows but found her real calling as a ukulele performer and teacher.
The star recently released an album My Cup Of Tea by Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band.
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