Why is Chevy Chase popular again? He was the Big Bad on the most recent season of “Chuck”, he’s co-starring in the upcoming comedy series “Community”, and now The Hollywood Reporting says he’s joined John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Craig Robinson for “Hot Tub Time Machine”. I really don’t understand it. He’s not any funnier than he used to be so the only conclusion I can draw is that he’s learned humility and stopped being such a giant douchebag.
Chase’s douchiness was legend. Here’s one of my favorite parts of “Live From New York” where they’re talking about him being a complete ass-hole to everyone when he came on to host the show in 1985.
Terry Sweeney: “I mean, he insulted everybody. He said to Robert Downey Jr., ‘Didn’t your father used to be a successful director? Whatever happened to him? Boy, he sure died, you know, he sure went to hell.’ Downey turned ashen. And then Chevy turned to me and he said, ‘Oh, you’re the gay guy, right?’ And he goes, ‘I’ve got an idea for a sketch for you. How about we say you have AIDS and we weigh you every week?'”
Read about how he wants a new “Fletch” movie after the jump.
That’s some beautiful stuff right there. Maybe he was just going through a rough patch in his life. Maybe his parents beat him. As an adult. I sure hope so. And perhaps now he’s mellowed because if not, I feel bad for all the people that have to work with him.
As for his role in “Hot Tub Time Machine”, THR says “Chase plays a mysterious repairman who dispenses pearls of wisdom and may or may not be behind the metaphysical road trip.” I’m sure he’ll be fine at that but I just want more tales of complete douchebaggery because, as you can see, they’re really entertaining (and you should really check out “Live From New York” even if you’re not a big SNL fan; it’s a great read).
Finally, Chase is apparently considering returning to playing Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher for the Weinstein Co. with the current script focusing on handing the investigative reporting to his journalist nephew and serving in the part of an uncle-mentor role.