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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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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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