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Curb Your Enthusiasm Filmed a Larry David Death Scene, Then Scrapped It: 'I'm Not Ready to Die'

Season 11 of the HBO comedy series was almost its last.
  • Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm (Photo: John P. Johnson/HBO)
    Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm (Photo: John P. Johnson/HBO)

    Season 11 of Curb You Enthusiasm, which aired in the fall of 2021, was almost its last.

    In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, executive producer Jeff Schaffer revealed that they filmed an alternate ending to Season 11 in which Larry David's character dies.

    In Season 11, Larry (the character played by David) pretends to have political aspirations all because he wants to get out of putting a fence around his pool and being sued by someone who has fallen in. In the alternate ending, Larry falls into someone else's pool and drowns.

    "We shot as if it was going to be the last one ever," said Schaffer. "I had to at least prepare for it." He added, "We just got high and wide on the pool, with one light shining on it and the envelope floating in the middle. And we said, 'OK, if this is how we go, this is how we go!'"

    Ultimately, the death scene was scrapped, after David decided he wasn't ready to go.

    Shaffer told THR, "He said, 'I'm not ready to die.'"

    David and Schaffer are now back together prepping for Season 12.

    Curb Your Enthusiasm is available to stream on HBO Max.

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    TOPICS: Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO, Jeff Schaffer, Larry David