I’ve heard all the stories about Chevy Chase being a complete pain in the ass to work with. I believe it. I get it. Maybe he’s not the nicest person in the history of world. And maybe he’s been in a lot of sub par movies. But, as long as Fletch (as well as the Vacation franchise and Funny Farm) exists, I’ll still love him. So, when I first heard there was talk of bringing back Fletch with an all-new cast (Kevin Smith and Zach Braff have been batting it around) I wasn’t all-too-thrilled. And it turns out, Chevy wasn’t either. In the below interview from Collider.com, the Community star talks about how he’s gotten the sense that producers want him to be part of Fletch but not actually be the Fletch we’ve come to know.
“I mean look, I’m not gonna do Fletch unless I’m Fletch, if they start writing something for a kid who’s Fletch and I’m just helping out, “Bye.” I mean, there’s no reason why, at my age, I can’t still be Fletch,” Chase tells Collider. “I’ve always been getting this impression that they’d like me to be mentoring a younger Fletch type thing. No, what am I James Coburn on a Western? No. Nothing against James Coburn, he’s great.”
Chase — seated next to brand new Community co-star Michael K. Williams (Omar from The Wire) — also goes on to chat about a new Vacation script he’s shopping around. I have to say, it sounds a little, um, not good. Anyway, check it out below.