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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fletch Lives

FLETCH LIVES, Chevy Chase, 1989, (c)Universal/courtesy Everett Collection

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Chevy Chase reprises his title role from Fletch in the film’s 1989 sequel. Here are 15 tidbits you may not know about Fletch Lives.

1. There are 11 books in the Gregory Mcdonald series that inspired the movie.

But (unlike its predecessor, Fletch) Fletch Lives is an entirely new story.


2. There’s a reason the Fletch Lives theatrical poster looks so familiar.

It’s a spoof of the poster for 1939’s Gone with the Wind.


3. Fletch continues his habit of using famous aliases in Fletch Lives.

Some of the more famous ones include Peggy Lee, Nostradamus, Victor Hugo, “Henry” Himmler, Billie Jean King, Elmer Fudd, and Robert E. Lee.


4. Fletch reuses disguises from Fletch in Fletch Lives.

The getup he uses as “Gordon Liddy” in Fletch is repurposed as “Billie Jean King,” named after the famous former tennis pro, in Fletch Lives.


5. The televangelist Jimmy Lee Farnsworth is played by actor R. Lee Ermey.

Ermey is better known for playing Gny. Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, a role that garnered him a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination.


6. Randall “Tex” Cobb who plays Ben Dover in Fletch Lives is a former Heavyweight boxer.

Before he became an actor, his boxing record was 42-7 with 36 knockouts. He has also appeared in such movies as the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona and alongside Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Dover also reteamed with Fletch and Fletch Lives director Michael Ritchie in his films The Golden Child and Diggstown.


7. It looks like Fletch is a Democrat with a sense of humor.

He can be seen wearing a McGovern/Eagleton ’72 presidential campaign t-shirt after his first night in Belle Isle. The McGovern/Eagleton presidential bid was ultimately unsuccessful, but it’s still notable: The Democratic National Committee Headquarters were broken into during that campaign year in what would later be known as the Watergate Scandal, which was orchestrated by G. Gordon Liddy (one of Fletch’s aliases).

8. The synth score for Fletch Lives was done by German musician Harold Faltermeyer.

Faltermeyer is also most known for creating the memorable “Axel F’ theme from Beverly Hills Cop and the “Top Gun Anthem” from Top Gun.


9. Fletch Lives debuted at No. 1 and made over $35 million at the box office.

It’s predecessor, however, made over $50 million.


10. Parts of the Bibleland theme park in Fletch Lives were shot at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

The Noah’s Ark Flood ride that Fletch narrowly escapes was actually the Flash Flood portion of the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour.


11. You can visit the televangelist’s auditorium in real life.

The exterior shots are of Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.


12. The Belle Isle plantation that Fletch inherits was shot on location.

The real plantation—Houmas House in Darrow, Louisiana—dates back to 1810.


13. The biker bar that Fletch goes to is also the site of the famous tequila scene in Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.

In fact, the Halfway House Café in Santa Clarita, California, has appeared in dozens of other movies, TV shows, and commercials since it opened in 1931.


14. The biker bar scene also includes a hidden Easter egg from Fletch.

The Underhills (the couple that Fletch keeps charging food and drinks to at the country club from the first movie) can be seen dancing behind Fletch in their tennis outfits.


15. Patricia Kalember (who plays Amanda Ray Ross) and Julianne Phillips (Becky Culpepper) would go on to co-star in the television show Sisters.

However, they had no scenes together in Fletch Lives.

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Car Notes

Portlandia Keeps Road Rage In Park

Get a lesson in parking etiquette on a new Portlandia.

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It’s the most American form of cause and effect: Park like a monster, receive a passive-aggressive note.

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This unofficial rule of the road is critical to keeping the great big wheel of car-related Karma in balance. And naturally, Portlandia’s Kath and Dave have elevated it to an awkward, awkward art form in Car Notes, the Portlandia web series presented by Subaru.

If you’ve somehow missed the memo about Car Notes until now, you can catch up on every installment online, on the IFC app, and on demand. You can even have a little taste right here:

If your interest is piqued – great news for you! A special Car Notes sketch makes an appearance in the latest episode of Portlandia, and you can catch up on it now right here.

Watch all-new Portlandia Thursdays at 10P on IFC.

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Naked and Hungry

Two New Ways to Threeway

IFC's Comedy Crib gets sensual in time for Valentine's Day.

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This week, two scandalous new digital series debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib.
Ménage à Trois invites people to participate in a real-life couple’s fantasy boudoir. And The Filling is Mutual follows two saucy chefs who invite comedians to make food inspired by their routines. Each show crosses some major boundaries in sexy and/or delicious ways, and each are impossible to describe in detail without arousing some awkward physical cravings. Which is why it’s best to hear it directly from the minds behind the madness…

Ménage à Trois

According to Diana Kolsky and Murf Meyer, the two extremely versatile constants in the ever-shifting à trois, “MàT is a sensually psychedelic late night variety show exploring matters of hearts, parts and every goddamn thing in between…PS, any nudes will be 100% tasteful.”

This sexy brainchild includes sketches, music, and props that would put Pee-wee’s Playhouse to shame. But how could this fantastical new twist on the vanilla-sex variety show format have come to be?

“We met in a UCB improv class taught by Chris Gethard. It was clear that we both humped to the beat of our own drum; our souls and tongues intermingled at the bar after class, so we dove in head first.”

Sign me up, but promise to go slow. This tricycle is going to need training wheels.

The Filling is Mutual

Comedians Jen Saunderson and Jenny Zigrino became best friends after meeting in the restroom at the Gotham Comedy Club, which explains their super-comfortable dynamic when cooking with their favorite comedians. “We talk about comedy, sex, menses, the obnoxiousness of Christina Aguilera all while eating food that most would push off their New Year’s resolution.”

The hook of cooking food based off of comedy routines is so perfect and so personal. It made us wonder about what dishes Jen & Jenny would pair with some big name comedy staples, like…

Bill Murray?
“Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to… Oh, that’s easy Meatballs with Lingonberry Space Jam it’d be great, but then we’d have to avoid doing any kind of silly Groundhog Day reference.” 

Bridget Everett?
“Cream Balls… Sea Salt encrusted Chocolate Ganache Covered Ice Cream Ball that melt cream when you bite into them.” 

Nick Kroll & John Mulaney? 
“I’d make George and Gil black and white cookies from scratch and just as we open the oven to put the cookie in we’d prank ’em with an obnoxious amount of tuna!!!”

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen? 
“Definitely a raw cacao “safe word” brownie. Cacao!”

Just perfect.

See both new series in their entirety on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Dark Arts

Foot Fetish Jesus And Other Nightmares

Meet the minds behind Comedy Crib's latest series, Quirks and The Mirror.

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The Mirror and Quirks are really, really strange. Deeply disturbing yet hauntingly beautiful. But you really don’t need to read a synopsis of either of the aforementioned shows to understand the exact variety of nightmare-bonkers comedy these shows deliver — that’s why the good lord made links. Instead, take a peek behind the curtain and meet the creators.

Quirks

Let’s start with Kevin Tosi. Kevin does the whole show by himself. That doesn’t mean he’s a loner — Kevin has a day job with actual humans. But that day job is copywriting. So it’s only natural that his suppressed demons would manifest themselves in biting cartoon form, including “Foot Fetish Jesus”, in ways that somehow speak to all of us. If only all copywriters channeled their inner f*ckedupness into such…expressive art.

The Mirror

Onward to the folks at Wham City Comedy.

These guys aren’t your typical comedy collective in that their work is way more left-field and even elevated than your standard digital short. More funny weird than funny ha-ha. They’ve done collaborations with musicians like Beach House, Dan Deacon & Wye Oak, television networks (obviously), and others. Yeah they get paid, but their motivation feels deeper. Darker. Most of them are video artists, and that explains a lot.

See more of The Mirror and Quirks on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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