Cooter puts down Dukes

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Ben Jones, who played the lovable mechanic "Cooter" Davenport on the '80s series The Dukes of Hazzard, has posted a note on his Web site telling people not to support the new film version of the show. Jones says the movie is profane and sleazy, and it destroys the spirit of the popular car-chase show about a family of ne'er-do-wells and their struggle against the corrupt commissioner of Hazzard County, Georgia, Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg.

The former US representative from Georgia says the movie contains foul language and sexual situations that destroy the family values of the original series. In a statement on his Web site, Jones says "I think the whole project shows an arrogant disrespect for our show, for our cast, for America's families, and for the sensibilities of the heartland of our country."

The original series ran from 1979 through 1985. The Country Music Channel has recently begun rerunning old episodes of Dukes, and ratings have soared like the General Lee rocketing over a flatbed truck full of chicken crates as Boss Hogg's police crew swerves wildly into a cement truck.

The movie, which stars the dream cast of Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott, and Jessica Simpson, opens in August. Hopes are pinned on it to help alleviate the current box-office doldrums. Despite Cooter's strong admonishment, Dukes' movie bosses are heartened by the fact that young people don't listen to old people.