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John Stamos surrenders to being charming in 'Grandfathered'

In conversation, John Stamos comes across as entirely at ease in his handsome, age-defying skin.

Who wouldn't be? But he admits that he longed to slip into something less comfortable on TV, a character distant from the good-natured charmers he's known for. He thought he'd found it.

"I was auditioning for an Amazon pilot called 'Cocked,' as this drugged-out guy who inherits a gun company. It was very dark, and I just kept auditioning, and I really wanted it, and I didn't get it," he recalled.

His agent had a rebound suggestion. If his goal was to be on TV and entertain viewers, Stamos was advised to do what he does best.

He found the role and the...