Chevy Chase was king of the comedic movie landscape for a long while many years past, and since then he’s moved on to the highly acclaimed (thought not rated) and fan beloved show Community. He plays old codger and weirdo Pierce Hawthorne week to week, and every new interview I see with him, I don’t really understand if he loves or hates the show he’s on.
This new interview via Huffpo is no different. Chevy seems to alternate between trashing and praising the show, and it’s hard to figure out where he stands. Take these questions for example:
Q: Some of my favourite episodes of season two have to be the paintball episodes. Did you enjoy them?
CC: Well, I have to say that one of the things that bothers me about our show is that it is placed in that study room all the time, with the same light, the same colour – that’s not interesting to see a lot. It’s just joke after joke after joke around that table. It’s hard to shoot it all the time in the same way, the same thing. So we did these other episodes, which shows depth, which showed colour, which showed movement. But it’s a tough show to do because by necessity, it’s in a school.
Q: Why did you decide to do a TV show after doing so many movies?
CC: It was a big mistake! I saw this pilot script, thought that it was funny, and I went into the room where they were casting and said, “I would love to play this guy.” Then they mulled it over. Then they hired me and I just sort of hung around because I have three daughters and a wife, and I figured out I might as well make some bread, every week, so I can take care of them in the way they want. My wife has just been in the Antarctic, and Cuzco in Peru, and Lima, and Machu Picchu… she likes to travel. That was about a month of travelling, and that will take about a year of work.
Those two would make it sound like he thinks Community was a mistake for him, because well, that’s literally what he says. But when asked about returning to the show?
Q: So here you are on set today, so Pierce must be back for season three?
CC: No. I just love these guys. I’m just having such a good time, I am going to fight my way back in.
I think the long and short of it is that Chevy doesn’t particularly like the show, but he does like his fellow actors. A weird conundrum, but I think the best way he could help his cast members would be to not publicly lament his decision to join the show. Either that, or he’s just giving all these interviews in character as Pierce, because that’s kind of what it sounds like.