Quint chats with Chevy Chase about Community, a new Vacation film and much more!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another Community interview from my set visit a few weeks back (read it here if you missed it). I didn’t realize Capone still had a few Community interviews banked from Comic-Con, so I wanted to space ‘em out a bit so you didn’t get too Community’d out.
Having just watched Season 3, Episode 4, though, I figured it was time to get back on the Community interview train. That episode, exploring the concept of split realities, was hilarious, easily in the top favorite Community eps, and now I’m in the mood to finish this out!
And here’s one of my favorites from the on-set interviews, a very honest and open discussion with one Mr. Chevy Chase in which we talk about a new Vacation film, Chevy’s relationships with Pierce and the other cast members, how he gets crap for not really understanding the scripts and much, much more. It’s a great chat. Enjoy!
Quint: You know, I grew up watching Fletch, Caddyshack…
CHEVY CHASE: I’ve been around a little while. (laughs)
Quint: And the Vacation movies, of course....
CHEVY CHASE: I just got off the phone with Beverly, Beverly D’Angelo. We are trying to work up a new VACATION and apparently Warners is working on one with grandchildren, but the one that Bev and I want…. You know, we are just trying to think of ideas, because she is very funny and very brilliant, so when you get her in a writing mood and me in writing mood, it’s good, but it’s very hard to get the time.
Quint: Nice! So, what can you tell me about where Pierce is this season?
CHEVY CHASE: How can I ever know where Pierce is? Shit, what did they tell you? I’m trying to remember the first one.
Quint: We haven’t really talked about it.
CHEVY CHASE: Not Pierce, but the episode.
Quint: The only thing they said is that there is a resolution to the cliffhanger of last season.
CHEVY CHASE: Oh that’s right, whether I’m admitted back into the (group). Right. Well, you know I’m sort of a strange addition to this group and I don’t ever really couple with anybody, you know? It’s actually the same way as it is off camera. I’m just sort of… When I first came it was “Oh, the iconic comedian who started SNL and wrote for the Smothers” and all of that, that was a big deal… for about a week. (laughs)
Because of my age I say what I think a little bit, and because maybe it’s in my own nature… I want to be so much a part of everything. They all have these iPads or iPods and between takes we are here most of the time. You know, I feel like they are texting each other, I mean I feel paranoid. I have a simple phone. (Laughs) I know how to text now, but…
Quint: In an odd way that’s very fitting for Pierce. Do you see a lot of similarities?
CHEVY CHASE: Well, I do. I mean that’s what’s funny. I’m the outsider kind of, but I mean I really love these people, these kids I can say. In fact yesterday we were doing promotions and I had come up with one which was “Watch COMMUNITY at 8PM on Thursday nights one NBC. You know I can’t say enough about these kids…” and then nothing.
CHEVY CHASE: Just open air with me just smiling which is my way of really insulting them all. (laughs)
Quint: Watching the show I get the impression that Pierce’s feelings get hurt by that exclusion. Do you feel that?
CHEVY CHASE: Well, I play it that way when I’m directed to or if it’s written that way. He’s such a bigot. What I love about him is this character is so unlike me in every way. I mean his manners are coarse and the way he treats women and he’s racist and bigoted against homosexuals and you know everything that I’m not. Is Fletch that way? No. Is Clark Griswold that way? No. So what do you expect when you see Chevy Chase? You don’t expect that, you’ve got Pierce. (Laughs) So I enjoy that very much.
Quint: But he’s also, as a character…
CHEVY CHASE: But he can get hurt, yeah. Then he gets mad.
Quint: Then he lashes out.
CHEVY CHASE: They were saying to me I guess it was the Golden Globe people, the foreign press, were talking and a couple of them had asked me “How come you become so mean and angry at the end of the show this year?” I said, “Well, that’s the way they directed me and you know, that’s the way they wrote it.”
Quint: The character’s been kicked out of the family essentially.
CHEVY CHASE: Yeah, but I mean also picking on Fat Neil and stuff I mean is just hideous. “How could they make me that way?” But that’s the way they wrote it and in the end Fat Neil says, “That’s the best game I’ve ever played.” I don’t even think I thanked him, I just said “Don’t mention it” or something.
Quint: That’s what I love about Pierce and that’s what I love about most of the characters in this. I’m a huge fan of the show, because I think it’s really smart the humor. There’s something really great in Pierce in that they kind of portray him as this kind of clueless, absentmindedly racist guy, but then he has these moments of brilliance. I love the DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS episode for Pierce because it gives us an insight into that aspect of him.
CHEVY CHASE: It almost comes out of his fury.
Quint: Yeah, it absolutely does.
CHEVY CHASE: And some muse that he has, but yeah I know what you mean. It’s very hard to establish what Pierce is going to do as opposed to maybe the others, because that’s the nature of his character, but you know a big part of this is just us getting to know each other the first year. By the second year I mean the writers and producers getting to know us as people and also what we do, how we act as those characters and that makes for more interesting storylines. Who would have thought the Ken Jeong character… he just breaks up at himself all of the time. (Laughs) He’s hilarious, but that he is so funny and that he will do anything. He will put grease over his body and climb through that damn vent, I mean… (laughs) He will just do anything and he’s a respectful doctor!
But I think the big issue is, and maybe this is what makes these things work… When I say “these things,” ensemble sitcoms or whatever work, which is we have gotten to know each other very well and things come out more easily and I think it’s probably easier to write for us. The only problem is the writing gets long and so the hours are long.
Quint: It’s dense. The writing is actually very dense for a comedy show. There are so many jokes being thrown out per minute.
CHEVY CHASE: Well, (Dan) Harmon is quite a terrific writer. That’s what I did for twelve years, so I’m not going to make any judgments on him… except that a page is a minute and if you keep writing 30 page scripts, you’re going to have to cut out ten. (laughs)
I just remember being at SNL where I was hired as the head writer the first year and saying, “That’s a great sketch, thanks.” It’s seven pages, “No, take it back and give me four,” you know we had the little cameras around and all of this stuff and Lorne and I had to figure out what sketches could fit and commercials, so you get to know that stuff. So I complain about the hours and it’s always in the guise of the hours, I never really say “just write the scripts shorter, like ten pages shorter, and we will get out of here!”
But you are right, they are dense and he is so creative, Dan, and his writers that they want to shove it in there.
Quint: I brought it up to a lot of the cast earlier today, but the writing of this show kind of reminds me of golden age of screwball comedy, like the Preston Sturges’ stuff. I know that’s a big comparison, but the writing on this show really is that fast smart and funny back and forth.
CHEVY CHASE: Yeah, all we need is black and white film and an hour and a half, then you’re right on.
Quint: All of the Preston Sturges movies are like 76 minutes.
CHEVY CHASE: Yeah, that’s right. But yeah I know what you mean. But you know the style that the actors and everybody at that time, particularly with Preston Sturges, was they all came off Vaudeville and off stage and it was always “Whack it in there. Get that line in there.” Everything was fast and smart.
Quint: Exactly. On the stage they had that rapid fire pace to it, you don’t give the audience a breath, so if a joke flops they don’t even notice it, because they’ve already moved on to the next one.
CHEVY CHASE: Yeah, but it’s all linear. It all follows a story. Here, I don’t know when we are following a story or not. (Laughs) I’m always with the script looking at it again and saying, “What’s happened here? How did I get there?” I get blamed sometimes, because I think Dan or somebody, maybe the directors, sometimes say, “I don’t think he really understands the script.” And they are right! (laughs)
CHEVY CHASE: It’s like, “Maybe I should have read that twice before I came in to do it.” I’m the kind of guy in all of my movies I learn my lines as I’m stepping out of the trailer, you know? It’s a different thing here.
Quint: Well yeah, it’s got to be a different process…
CHEVY CHASE: This is much harder than making movies. I mean, trust me I love making movies and I will make more, but I’ve made fifty something comedies and this is harder, because a movie you just go in and prepare for three months of shooting, generally, and you know what it’s going to be like, it’s going to be three hard months. Here it’s like I don’t know, what is it nine months or something and there are 23 shows…
Quint: How many hours?
CHEVY CHASE: Twelve hours is a good day. I mean it’s typically fourteen or fifteen hours and that’s a lot of work, but that’s the type of show it is and I’ve talked to other people on other shows and some are much shorter where they don’t spend nearly as much time and they are a longer show, but on the other hand maybe they are not what you said, “dense.”
Quint: And there’s a chemistry to this show that I think most TV comedies are desperate to get. That’s like the Holy Grail for this kind of show, because it makes the audience fall in love with the characters and want to keep coming back to visit them. I mean the chemistry that…
CHEVY CHASE: I wish they’d just kill me. (laughs)
Quint: You want Pierce to die off?
CHEVY CHASE: Yeah, I think Pierce should be killed. No, no I’m just kidding.
Quint: You said that the first season seemed to be getting to know each other. Do you think that that helps now? Is it easier?
CHEVY CHASE: I think so. I mean there are still sort of petty divisions between people here that come up here and there, but nothing that you could really nail down. Moody things and stuff. I mean, also when you have three women, you never know what time of the month it is.
Quint: It’s like Pierce just showed up!
CHEVY CHASE: I don’t have a time of the month, anymore. (Laughs)
Quint: You’ve hit menopause.
CHEVY CHASE: I actually have to get testosterone injections directly into my eye.
Quint: Nice. Cool, so what are you working on now? You mentioned you were trying to get another VACATION movie going? Is there anything else?
CHEVY CHASE: Well, of course Bev wants one. Who doesn’t want to work?
Quint: She’s been really good on ENTOURAGE recently.
CHEVY CHASE: I don’t think she’s real happy with that. I have seen parts of it sometimes. I never see her. Like I will look also at MAD MEN with parts on that and never once have I seen Alison. You know I only turn it on to see if they are on there and I don’t watch these things. I don’t watch this and when I do I get angry.
Quint: Really? What do you get angry about?
CHEVY CHASE: Oh, edits and things and if anything of mine has been left out, you know the common actor complaints.
Quint: Do you want to pursue more film work though? Is that the goal?
CHEVY CHASE: Sure, yeah. I mean look I was very happy being with my wife and kids up in Bedford, New York and if something came along maybe without working, maybe a little part here and there in a movie every so often, but for five years I’ve been retired basically and then I read the following line on the first page of pilot of this which was something like when I meet Jeff, “Jeff, Pierce Hawthorne and yes that is Hawthorne as in Hawthorne Wipes, the award winning moist towelette.” As soon as I read that I thought, “ I’ve got to play this guy.”
Quint: “He’s for me.”
CHEVY CHASE: Yeah, “He’s for me.”
Quint: That’s awesome. You’re great on the show, man and as a long time fan I just love being able to visit with you every week on the show.
CHEVY CHASE: Well, that’s nice of you, thanks.
Quint: Thank you so much for taking the time, I appreciate it.
Did you guys catch that little bit at the end there where he talks about the women in the group and their “time of the month”? I jokingly said “It’s like Pierce just showed up,” thinking he was making a joke in his character’s voice. He did laugh in response, but I got the distinct impression that he didn’t realize that what he just said was exactly the kind of thing Pierce would say and said just as earnestly.
I have to say, it was quite a joy talking with Chevy. I love how frank he was throughout, especially when talking about his feelings of exclusion from the group. And I just love Chevy as a personality. Call it repeated viewings of Funny Farm at an impressionable age, but the dude just makes me smile.
Hope you guys enjoyed the chat! I have a couple more Community interviews to post before I’m through. Still coming up are Danny Pudi, Dan Harmon, Ken Jeong and Yvette Nicole Brown!
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Oct. 14, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST
Chevy does have a rep for casually saying insulting things. I get the impression that the SNL fights he had with other cast members had a lot to do with Chase's insensitivity or obliviousness to the insulting aspect of what he was saying.
Oct. 14, 2011, 5:58 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2011, 5:59 a.m. CST
You're not being the ball Danny. Love Chevy - great interview.
Oct. 14, 2011, 6:10 a.m. CST
I think it would be interesting for him to host and write a few gags. Could not be any worse than it already is.
Oct. 14, 2011, 6:48 a.m. CST
So why not?
Oct. 14, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST
helped me grow up, if you know what i mean.
Oct. 14, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST
by Ithrat Cordwallis
Chevy's always pretty good value, and you got yourself a proper bargain bucket there, so nicely done. And you're right, he did veer into wonky earnestness near the end there, but he's old and slightly wonky, so such a thing is entirely reasonable. Tell me, when you were with him, was there a lawn anywhere near by that he yelled at some kids to get off?
Oct. 14, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST
by Truxton Spangler
But to be fair, Hollywood is filled with no so nice people, and the audience's enjoyment doesn't hinge on their real life personalities.
Oct. 14, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST
I know exactly what you mean.
Oct. 14, 2011, 7:45 a.m. CST
I saw an episode of Oprah last season where she reunited some of hte original cast of SNL. He and Jane Curtain had some disagreements about the show being sexist againt female writers. Chevy basically said she was an idiot. the body and facial expressions were priceless. Not sure what he did, but he was such a prick he was banned for life from SNL.... haha. A few times before that he pushed everyones buttons. One time in the 80's, he made a joke to the gay guy who used to dress up like Nancy Reagan. Chevy suggested they do a sketch about him having AIDS and they weigh him evey few minutes until the end of hte episode to see how much weight he's lost....wtf? For a time Chevy was considered Johnny Carson's replacement. He could have done it too...ironic considering his terrible show was on a year after Carson left. His lawsuit with Cary Grant where CC said, "I hear he's a homo. Lovely gal!" Love Chevy he should have done way more Fletch.
Oct. 14, 2011, 7:52 a.m. CST
No one wants to watch a 70 year old do comic pratfalls and other dangerous stunts. Instead of laughing you worry "grandpa" is going to break a hip.
Oct. 14, 2011, 8:06 a.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
movie/commerical he and D'Angelo did a few years ago. That was funny, and sadly will probably be better than a new Vacation movie.
Oct. 14, 2011, 8:07 a.m. CST
where Rusty and Audrey come to visit Grandma and Grampa with their own kids. Bring back Anthony Michael Hall and Dana Barron. That would be pretty sweet. And we'll just pretend that Christmas Vacation 2 with Cousin Eddie never happened. Great job on the interview, Quint.
Oct. 14, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST
and my personal favorite comedic actor. Very underrated.
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST
hottest audrey, funny rusty, beverly still looks hot, good cameos. fact.
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST
he hates you too.
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:19 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST
it has classic moments but it's not too funny.
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
Oct. 14, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST
He's an asshole, he's a chauvinist , he's insensitive, he's hard to work with... <P> That man can still fucking fall down funny. I don't care how old he is. He's such a natural at physical comedy. Just the way he moves and holds his body and bugs out his eyes on Community cracks me up every moment.
Oct. 14, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST
two of the greatest pratt fallers in entertainment history.
Oct. 14, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST
They could center the movie more on him with his own kids and Chevy and Beverly can be the kooky grandparents. Then throw in cameos with Juliette Lewis and maybe Randy Quaid.
Oct. 14, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST
I love a lot of Chevy's movie and TV work, but there are SO many stories around of what an ass he has been over the years, I almost feel guilty laughing at his characters sometimes. The callous jerk he usually plays seems awfully close to the real Chevy. But like others, I get the feeling he really doesn't intend to be nasty. He just can't seem to help himself. I still wish he had played Eric Stratton, though!
Oct. 14, 2011, 10:45 a.m. CST
Follow the Clark and Ellen as they try to rescue Cousin Eddie from the U.S. agents hunting him down in the Canadian Rockies.
Oct. 14, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST
I mean his manners are coarse and the way he treats women and he’s racist and bigoted against homosexuals
by Samuel Fulmer
So I guess all those stories in the book Live From New York were made up then.
Oct. 14, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST
Eugene Levy's facial expression when he sees Clark driving up at the very beginning...
Oct. 14, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
'Hindsight is 20/20, my friend."
Oct. 14, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2011, 1:30 p.m. CST
I've tried and failed utterly to mimic his face during the corpse scene in Fletch.
Oct. 14, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST
Read between the lines of this interview. Everyone hates him and he doesn't like doing the show. I bet pierce is not present for season 4, if there is one. I don't think he ever honestly expected the show to last more than a season. Look how he complains about the hours. He's never hung out with the other cast members either I bet. It's gotta be SOOOO awkward. My god
Oct. 14, 2011, 1:38 p.m. CST
by pedro cassou
There are less than 5 years between vegas vacation and snw day, and he loooks like 20 years older. He should shape up for another vacation.
Oct. 14, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST
It's funny until you realize he's not trying to be funny
Oct. 14, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST
It wasn't really a comedy so it's odd that they cast him. But he was actually pretty good in it. And it had Darryl Hannah back when she was still hot as hell. Anyone else here remember and/or like that movie or am I all alone here?
Oct. 14, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST
You kids are growing up so fast I barely recognize you anymore.
Oct. 14, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST
It's something I figured should be asked. It's an amazing curiosity.
Oct. 14, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST
And Sam Neil was the villian. Memoirs was great if you ignore Chevy Chase's general assholery
Oct. 14, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST
aspect of the character. If they feel it doesn't make sense to have it directed at the main cast, have it directed elsewhere. The D&D episode was indeed great thanks to his performance.
Oct. 14, 2011, 4:09 p.m. CST
My favourite comedic actor ever. So great. I honestly HOPE he's an ass in real life. Those are the best people. Also, it's a shame you didn't get Alison Brie, Quint. She's fantastic.
Oct. 14, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST
Followed closely by PARKS AND REC.
Oct. 14, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST
Chevy is one of the funniest human beings to walk the Earth. Chevy is an asshole because he knows he's one of the funniest human beings to walk the Earth. Today, Chevy is clueless. He's turned into a stereotypical past his prime old man. The rest of the cast of Community joke about his stubbornness all the time. They do the "Chevy is Chevy" thing, which really means "Chevy is an asshole". He still thinks he's a star, THE star, which is what ruined his career. Although, at this point he's so old people just laugh at him instead of taking offense. It's sad. Oh well. He's hilarious on Community, which is my favorite show on TV right now. I love Fletch and old SNL, too. I avoid anything from 1990-2009 with him, and forget he's an asshole in scenes from other stuff.
Oct. 14, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST
Oh, I did get Ms. Brie. Check out this full audio interview from the set: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/51323
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST
I've wanted to fuck 3 of the 4 Aubreys.
Oct. 14, 2011, 9:46 p.m. CST
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Oct. 14, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST
This whole interview sounds like Chase hates his job and everyone he works with... Actors, directors, writers, everyone.
Oct. 15, 2011, 6:55 a.m. CST
He starts talking abot Vacation and Quint changes the subject, bullshit!
Oct. 15, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST
You would have to film the Vacation movie in Canada, the only place Quaid can roam freely without fear of arrest or termination from the same "star-killers" who really killed Heath Ledger (in real-life, he's actually crazier than cousin Eddie)
Oct. 15, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST
chill with the plastic surgery and accept the fact you're getting old.
Oct. 15, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST
Chevy should be in the expendables.....just throwing that out there........running it up the pollllllllle.
Oct. 15, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST
in new Vacation, they cast some of the other kids as spouses. Juliette Lewis and Anthony Michael Hall as a couple with jokes made that they look like brother and sister.
Oct. 15, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST
"What Shape?" FFFFFFFAAAAAAAATTTTTTTT! I look at D'Angelo in Vacation, then look at my wife.... I look at D'Angelo on Entourage, then look at my wife. Life ain't fair to women.
Oct. 15, 2011, 2:37 p.m. CST
Even worse now
Oct. 15, 2011, 3:40 p.m. CST
and Aunt Edna
Oct. 15, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST
fap fap fap fap fap fap fap....aah.
Oct. 15, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST
He's still a funny guy, he just comes across poorly in real life.
Oct. 15, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST
by Crimson Dynamo
Saw it last night. Pretty good Carpenter flick, Chevy was good as the everyman/sclub who accidentally gets caught up in it all
Oct. 15, 2011, 9:59 p.m. CST
Have none of you ever seen the roasting of Chevy Chase? It was hilarious, but a lot of what was said seemed fairly spot on. His fame and ego were already huge and the drugs didn't help. Apparently he propositioned the women on SNL for sex . . . repeatedly. Many years ago, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase introduced SNL as the characters from Caddy Shack. Chase couldn't even remember his lines. Murray had to give them to him. It was painful to watch. The Chevy Chase Show was him off of alcohol and drugs, but they had served as a crutch for so long, he wasn't functional anymore. I agree with another commenter - read between the lines - Chevy is an outcast on this show. I've seen interviews where Joel McHale just rolls his eyes when asked about Chevy. "He's . . . Chevy". Back to the roast . . . Bill Murrary didn't even show up. Steve Martin and Martin Short did a pre-recorded bit because they both couldn't make it. When the roast was wrapping up, Chevy stood up, and addressing the roasters said something like, "Who the f*** are you people? You call that comedy? F-this and f-that. I don't even know who you are." Then he walked off the stage and that was that. Sadly, Chevy is Pierce and Pierce is Chevy.
Oct. 16, 2011, 5:50 a.m. CST
...is that he was reportedly a complete asshole who everyone tolerated because his pictures made big money. Of course, once his star began to fade people were lining up to put the boot into him. Probably the same people who were lining up to suck his dick a decade earlier. Hypocritical Hollywood bullshit.
Oct. 16, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
That was the best delivered word in comedy history.
Oct. 16, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST
The shower scene in Vacation was pretty awesome for a 12 year old kid watching it on TV. In addition to that though, let us not forget that Christie Brinkley was in that movie, in full on gorgeous mode. I was so in love with her throughout the 80's due in part to that movie. She still looks fantastic in her 50's. Beverly D'Angelo? Not so much. Vegas Vacation definitely had the hottest Audrey. Juliette Lewis was cute in Christmas Vacation, but got hit with the skanky stick shortly thereafter. European Vacation had the most titties, which earns it some props. Vacation is definitely the funniest. It also has the shower scene, Christie Brinkley, Aunt Edna, Cousin Eddie, Wally World, Eddie Bracken and my favorite line from any of the Vacation movies: "REAL tomato ketchup, Eddie?" "Nothin' but the best, Clark!" In order of goodness- Vacation #1 Christmas Vacation #2 European Vacation #3 Vegas Vacation #4 Christmas Vacation 2 does not count because it was a straight to DVD piece of shit that did not have Chevy and Beverly.
Oct. 16, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST
Oct. 16, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST
Why not press more about the Vacation movies? It's the only thing I care about with Chevy Chase and he gave you an opening, but you just ignored it? What kind of shit interview is this.
Oct. 16, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST
by Roger Moon
Oct. 16, 2011, 8 p.m. CST
I hate his quick, choppy little speech pattern and constant expression that looks like a Russian Wolfhound that just smelled a fart. Seriously, he's a show killer and I want to shoot him in the face.
Oct. 16, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST
by Mr. Giant
Of COURSE Chevy has ideas for one and wants to do it...it will never be made. Who would bankroll a movie where the last one sucked and stars a way past his prime asshole? And you can't even get Randy Quaid back!
Oct. 17, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST
.....and tell him what a cheap, lying, no-good, rotten, four-flushing, low-life, snake-licking, dirt-eating, inbred, overstuffed, ignorant, blood-sucking, dog-kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat-ass, bug-eyed, stiff-legged, spotty-lipped, worm-headed sack of monkey shit he is?
Oct. 17, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST
by Roger Moon
Oct. 17, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST
...he makes more money than all the Talkbackers on this site combined. Perspective.
Oct. 17, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST
by Mr. Giant
I make more money than you.
Oct. 17, 2011, 9:08 p.m. CST
...love the Vacation movies (minus CV2). Vegas Vacation is actually really funny but not quite as good as the rest. The whole "dam tour" sequence was priceless! I agree a new Christmas Vacation with Chevy and Bev would be awesome! I like the idea someone mentioned a long time ago that Rusty and Audrey should be player by all of the actors who ever played them and alternate between them with each camera cut. It'd be funny and original!
Oct. 18, 2011, 6:04 a.m. CST
I don't care if he's a bit of a dick. And to be honest, I don't think he is that much of a dick, he just says what he thinks. More actors would do that if they weren't worried about ever working again, I'm guessing he's at a point in his life where that isn't an issue. Plus he's a slapstick genius. Watch him fall into the drum set in season 1 of Community for proof
Oct. 18, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST
...park's closed. Moose out front shoulda told ya.
Oct. 18, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST
Him pissing people off makes me love him even more…
Oct. 18, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST
by xavier masterson
..I always imagine the family is The Griswalds and it's National Lampoons Mars Vacation. Try it. Imagine it's Chase's Clark enthusiastically telling the history of jaunting to Rusty and Audrey.
Oct. 19, 2011, 6:38 a.m. CST
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Oct. 19, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST
by Darth Busey
Clark and Ellen are retired, unhappy housewife Audrey (Dana Barron) and corporate attorney Rusty (Anthony Michael Hall) are out of the house with their own families. Clark gets a health scare, and as a result, is determined to get the entire extended family together to go on vacation before he dies. He goes to cash out his life savings, and finds out that it was all invested in a Ponzi scheme run by Eugene Levy. He is completely broke. Clark resolves to keep this info secret, and moves ahead with the trip. Family road trip ensues in a giant RV, pratfalls aplenty, with spector of Clark's uncertain future hanging overhead. Along the way, Ellen convinces Audrey to dump her a-hole cheating husband (played by Vince Vaughn), and Clark gets Rusty, who never has time for his kids, to realize that family is more important than work. At end of movie, obligatory Cousin Eddie cameo...it was discovered that Eddie's trailer had been sitting on an untapped vein of silver, and he is now a multi-millionaire. Eddie helps out Clark financially, family reunion at Walley World, series goes full circle, roll credits.
Oct. 20, 2011, 12:19 a.m. CST
Actually, I remember "Roseanne" pulling an original Becky/replacement Becky switcheroo at one point in the run.
Oct. 21, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST
Oct. 22, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST
I've been working on a new Vacation movie." "Nice. I know that's what you want to talk about cause it's the first thing you brought up, but let's talk about something else...
by Coughlins Laws
Oct. 23, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST
Oct. 23, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST
I'm not certain if Chevy has ever actually made me laugh. I like his asshole character in caddyshack. What else was he in? Ah yes I like fletch. Good gumshoe. Somewhere on earth is a guy named Ford Chase
Oct. 23, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST
Eugene Levy rules at the beginning as the car salesman. Without question he is the best cast car salesman in cinema history. There's been some good ones too. Used cars had a whole cast of em. Then there's the guy in scarface, commando, Fargo- yup Eugene Levy wins. Ok it's macey vs levy
Oct. 24, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST
by Mephisto the Great
...was actually very memorable. I remember that he was very nervous but earnest, that he interviewed Kathleen Turner who was drunk off her rocker...and it was the first time I saw Bill Nye the Science Guy.
Oct. 28, 2011, 6:22 p.m. CST
Pretty fuckin' funny too. Three Amigos isn't bad either. There are some funny moments in Nothing But Trouble as well. I kind of look at him as having the same type of personality as Bill Murray. You read Bill in the few interviews he does, and he comes off the same way.
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