What happened to the cast of Fletch?

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Gregory McDonald was a Boston Globe reporter who channeled his adventures at large into the award-winning 1974 novel “Fletch,” launching a franchise that would spawn nearly a dozen books and sell tens of millions of copies. But if you sit next to him on a plane, he would tell you he was in the insurance business – just to avoid further conversation.

McDonald’s first bestselling book, featuring a sharp-tongued investigative journalist named Irwin Maurice Fletcher, was run by Kirk Douglas’ son, Peter (and could have nearly played his other son, Michael), who worked for years to bring it to the big screen with the likes of Burt Reynolds and Mick Jaggerall eventually rejected by Mcdonald.

“It seemed like over the last 10 years, everyone in the world who was acting and was male between the ages of 17 and 76 had been trying to get the part,” Mcdonald said. said in 1985. “I admire Mick Jagger, but he’s not my idea of ​​a young American man.”

In the end, Chevy Chase landed the role, with Mcdonald sending him a telegram saying, “I’m delighted to abdicate the role of Fletch to you.”

So it all came together in a 1985 film with a screenplay by Andrew Bergman (greatly enhanced by Chase’s improvisations), solid direction by Michael Ritchie, a synthtastic score by Harold Faltermeyer, a masterful master of disguise, led by Chase (who to this day says it’s the “favoriterole of his entire career) and a set of 30-weight ball bearings – after all, they’re just ball bearings these days.

While director Ritchie preferred to stick to the script, his genius was in negotiating a “approach “one for you, one for me” with Chase. Freed from script pages, the former ‘SNL’ comic improvises gags like the handle “Ted Nugent“, Cujo, “Dr. Rosenpenis,” the “Dr. Jellyfinger” line, John Cocktoaste and the beloved piece of steak sandwich. Naturally, many of the “Chevrolet takes” have been retained, and the results of this unorthodox collaboration – ranging from classic lines about hitting a water buffalo to what the co-star Perfectly rated George Wyner (“‘River of the Moon‘ never quite sounded the same”) helped make it an inexhaustible masterpiece of 1980s comedy.

Of course, Chase wasn’t alone in this pursuit of comedy gold, as he was backed scene after scene by a talented cast of straight men and women, with an assistant director Wolfgang Glattes reflecting“Chevy was a dominant figure in those scenes, and he never pushed people aside, he always let them do their part to make the scene work.”

Now, after decades in development hell (with names like Jason Lee, Zach Braff, Ryan Reynoldsand even Ben Affleck), Jon Hamm brings Fletch back with 2022’s “Confess, Fletch.” There’s no better time, it seems, to look back on what happened, step by stepto the original cast of 1985’s “Fletch”…none of whom appear in the new film.

So sit back, enjoy a nice cup of hot fat, and while you wait for Alfredo Garcia’s head to arrive, read on for a breakdown of what the “Fletch” cast has been up to in the years since. followed.

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