15 Fletch Facts for Its 30th Anniversary

A few facts about the 1985 comedy starring Chevy Chase as investigative reporter Irwin M. Fletcher.

1. The film is based on a series of novels.

Since 1974, mystery writer Gregory Mcdonald has written 11 novels featuring the character Irwin Maurice Fletcher. The most recent Fletch novel was written in 1994 (Mcdonald died in 2008).

2. Mcdonald himself retained the right to approve which actor would be cast as Fletch in the 1985 film adaptation.

Mcdonald rejected both Burt Reynolds and Mick Jagger before agreeing on Chevy Chase to play the title role.

3. Chase has said Fletch is his all-time personal favorite role.

4. Many of Fletch’s classic lines were ad-libbed by Chase.

Director Michael Ritchie would shoot one take that stuck strictly to the script and then let Chase improvise for each additional take. Many of the improvised takes made it into the final movie.

5. Fletch is a fan of using celebrity and famous character names as his aliases.

Some examples include Ted Nugent, Babar, Igor Stravinsky, Gordon Liddy, Don Corleone, and Harry S. Truman.

6. The film’s theatrical poster features a scene that was cut from the final movie.

In the poster, Fletch is disguised as a hockey player. Fletch was also supposed to go incognito as a relief pitcher for the L.A. Dodgers (featuring a cameo by then head coach Tommy Lasorda)—but that scene was cut, too.

7. Fletch’s robed disguise was based on a real person.

With his long beard and roller skates, Fletch was meant to resemble the new age spiritual healer and guru Ram Dass (author of Be Here Now).

8. Fletch is only Geena Davis’ second feature film.

Her first was 1982’s Tootsie.

9. Chevy Chase and Tim Matheson (who plays Alan Stanwyk) previously vied for the same role.

Chase was originally supposed to play Eric “Otter” Stratton in National Lampoon’s Animal House—a role that eventually went to Matheson.

10. Fletch has another Animal House connection.

The banquet that Fletch interrupts is being held for Fred Dorfman, the brother of Kent Dorfman (aka Flounder), one of the frat brothers from Animal House.

11. Legendary Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn lent his voice talents to the film.

He provides the narration for the dream in which Fletch is a Lakers player.

12. The movie shot on location in Los Angeles during the 1984 Olympic Games (also in L.A.).

This proved to be a headache for the cast and crew, causing the production to reschedule many scenes.

13. Alan Stanwyck’s mansion may look familiar.

It was also used in The Godfather—for the famous horse head scene.

14. The hat Fletch wears in the end of the movie is from the USCSS Nostromo.

Ring any bells? It’s the spaceship from the 1979 sci-fi classic Alien. In fact Fletch wears the same hat that Harry Dean Stanton’s character wears throughout that movie.

15. A sequel called Fletch Lives, also starring Chevy Chase in the titular role, was released in 1989.

Since then, rumors have swirled about various additional sequels, prequels, and reboots. The most famous is a prequel titled Fletch Won to be directed by Kevin Smith. While Ben Affleck, Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Jimmy Fallon, and Adam Sandler have all been linked to the title role, the film never materialized. Most recently, Saturday Night Live alum Jason Sudeikis has been rumored to play Fletch.

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David Lynch's Amazon T-Shirt Shop is as Surreal as His Movies
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David Lynch, the celebrated director behind baffling-but-brilliant films like Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks, is now selling his equally surreal T-shirts on Amazon.

As IndieWire reports, each shirt bears an image of one of Lynch’s paintings or photographs with an accompanying title. Some of his designs are more straightforward (the shirts labeled “House” and “Whale” feature, respectively, drawings of a house and a whale), while others are obscure (the shirt called “Chicken Head Tears” features a disturbing sculpture of a semi-human face).

This isn’t the first time Lynch has ventured into pursuits outside of filmmaking. Previously, he has sold coffee, designed furniture, produced music, hosted daily weather reports, and published a book about his experience with transcendental meditation. Art, in fact, falls a little closer to Lynch’s roots; the filmmaker trained for years at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts before making his mark in Hollywood.

Lynch’s Amazon store currently sells 57 T-shirts, ranging in size from small to triple XL, all for $26 each. As for our own feelings on the collection, we think they’re best reflected by this T-shirt named “Honestly, I’m Sort of Confused.”

Check out some of our favorites below:

T-shirt that says "Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"
"Honestly, I'm Sort of Confused"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a sleeping bird on it
"Sleeping Bird"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt that says Peace on Earth over and over again. The caption is pretty on the nose.
"Peace on Earth"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a screaming face made out of turkey with ants in its mouth
"Turkey Cheese Head"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an odd sculpted clay face asking if you know who it is. You get the idea.
"I Was Wondering If You Know Who I Am?"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an image of a sculpted head that is not a chicken. It is blue, though.
"Chicken Head Blue"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with a drawing of a lobster on it. Below the drawing, the lobster is labeled with the word lobster. Shocking, I know.
"Lobster"

Buy it on Amazon

T-shirt with an abstract drawing of what is by David Lynch's account, at least, a cowboy
"Cowboy"

Buy it on Amazon

[h/t IndieWire]

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S-Town Podcast Is Being Turned Into a Movie

S-Town, a seven-part podcast from Serial and This American Life, has all the trappings of a binge-worthy story. It all started when a man from the tiny town of Woodstock, Alabama asked a reporter to investigate a local man from a wealthy family who allegedly boasted he had gotten away with murder.

As for what happens next, “someone else ends up dead, sparking a nasty feud, a hunt for hidden treasure, and an unearthing of the mysteries of one man's life,” reads the 2017 podcast’s synopsis, without giving too much away.

Now, that riveting story is being turned into a movie with This American Life’s participation, IndieWire reports. Participant Media acquired the rights to the S-Town podcast, and negotiations are underway to get playwright Samuel Hunter and director Tom McCarthy on board. McCarthy is perhaps best known for directing and co-writing 2015's Oscar-winning Spotlight; he also co-wrote Up and was an executive producer and director for the controversial Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.

S-Town was downloaded over 10 million times over a period of four days after its release, and it received a Peabody Award for the radio/podcast category, according to IndieWire. Just last month, HBO and Sky announced they would be releasing a documentary series about Adnan Syed, the focus of the first season of the Serial podcast, which is developed by This American Life.

In case you missed S-Town when it premiered, you can go back and listen to it here.

[h/t IndieWire]

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