Threatening to become the "dog bites man" of television news, Chevy Chase had some more stuff to say about Community during an interview with The Huffington Post UK, and some of it was less than gracious—less than gracious, indeed. Of course, by now Chase's complaints about the show have become little more than adorable, grumpy old man irascibility akin to your grandfather complaining about the nurses stealing his money, so frequent and consistent that they're easily ignored with a placating smile. Among them: Sitcoms are still "the lowest form of television." Doing it was a "big mistake." He doesn't like the long hours. He prefers making movies. He's only sticking around for the money. This afghan is itchy and the food tastes like shit. And so on.
Still, Chase did have some kind words to remind you why you come and visit him in the first place: He actually thinks it's "terrific" that people recognize him for Community these days. And though he says, " It's not like I am working with the great innovators of all time" at Community, he also considers them his friends and says he loves "these kids, the cast"—particularly Donald Glover, whom he singles out as a talented improviser. That's especially high praise, considering Chase later adds, "Quite frankly, there aren't too many comedians who make me laugh." For instance, Albert Brooks and the original cast of Saturday Night Live make the cut; the interviewer's suggestion of Louis C.K. may or may not. "I wouldn't in any way make a degrading remark about Louis C.K., but the question is do I think anyone is funny? And the answer is not too many people. He might fit right in there," Chase says, not in any way making a degrading remark about Louis C.K. (or maybe?).
Just before being tucked in for the night, Chase reminisced about all the movies he says was offered and then turned down—Animal House, American Gigolo, Ghostbusters, and Forrest Gump among them. But Chase is, of course, not one to dwell on lost opportunities, real or slightly exaggerated and so long ago that they probably can't be verified, remaining determined to concentrate on his future plans, once he's finally released from Community. Among them are starring in a new film and playing jazz piano on the club circuit, both of which he terms as his likely "next move," and which he's definitely going to do—just as soon as he gets out of here.
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