We've received your submission. He said, ‘Oh Chevy, it will be just like ‘SNL.’ You’ll be one of 10 people in the movie and it’s an ensemble. "She found the perfect button and final comedic laugh for the scene, kicking her shoe into the air," says Matheson. “They just said, ‘No, he’s just not right for this part,'” he said, adding that he was actually first offered the role as Omega president Greg Marmalard. Matheson finally got to audition for Otter in front of Landis alongside actor Peter Riegert, who landed the role of Boon. Matheson, who appeared at a January San Francisco screening of "Animal House" as part of the SF Sketchfest, defended the film's sense of humor, saying it was in the spirit of the National Lampoon as a whole. Your Ad Choices I want to be a Delta.'”. Forty years after its release, National Lampoon’s “Animal House” is still regarded as one of the best comedies of all time and a quintessential movie for college-bound students. Produced in association with the New York Film Critics series, the screening will be hosted by Peter Travers of Rolling Stone with a live appearance by Tim Matheson, who co-starred as Eric "Otter" Stratton in the film. She was surrounded by family including her husband of 49 years, screenwriter Jack Cocks, 74, and their son, Sam. “They showed the movie to Richard Pryor because they wanted to cut [the scene],” Matheson explained. Terms of Use "That was the Lampoon: they took the obvious, the thing that everyone was thinking, and then they could say it or make fun of it," Matheson said. Now, if you do [‘Foul Play’] with Goldie [Hawn], it’s just you and her and it won’t be as fun.’ Chevy walked out of there going, ‘I’m not doing that movie.'”. “The thing I remember most about John Belushi was how gracious he was to me … The bond went beyond being just actors and I became a friend to him and he was a great friend to me … He was a great man. Little by little, Matheson said, he started realizing just how big the movie was going to be. “It really was pretty great.”. “Animal House” filmed at the University of Oregon in Eugene in the fall of 1977. Harold Ramis and National Lampoon magazine writers Doug Kenney and Chris Miller originally wrote Matheson’s part for Chevy Chase, while D-Day was written for Dan Aykroyd and Bluto for John Belushi (who would go on to play the part). The studio offered it to, like, five other directors from John Schlesinger to just all the wrong people, and they all turned it down.”. “Sean Daniel was the young studio exec at the time and he just kept hammering them on this. Matheson recently reunited with Riegert, McGill and other cast members, as well as Landis, in San Francisco to celebrate the film’s anniversary. (The other was 1982's "Honkytonk Man. ", Bloom made appearances in TV's "The Equalizer," "Cagney & Lacey,"  "Kojak" and "Bonanaza. This movie's great. “They had a lunch with Chevy, and Landis kept saying all the wrong things [on purpose]. You're making fun of these black people and the way they feel about these privileged white kids.' "Animal House," director John Landis' bawdy, raunchy campus comedy from 1978, will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a commemorative screening Friday, Feb. 16, in Prudential Hall at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. This is particularly seen in one sequence where Matheson and some fellow Deltas, with dates in tow, venture to a nightclub for a performance by R&B band Otis Day and the Knights. He was a wonderful actor.”. While she played a variety of roles throughout her screen and television acting career – a career that included collaborations with Martin Scorsese and Clint Eastwood – Bloom was most famous for her scene-stealing role in the 1978 comedy "Animal House," playing the wife of Faber College's Dean Wormer. ". © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. 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Matheson says Bruce McGill’s (D-Day) room at the motel was “party central.” Kevin Bacon, who played a pledge from the rival Omega frat, told Marc Maron in a 2017 interview, “There was always this amazing f–king party going on that I was never invited to.”. "But I think a lot of it is on the Internet or on television nowadays in terms of darkly cynical, funny stuff with the advent of cable television and things, so that voice is there.". "I think if it was made today, it would probably be watered down a little bit because (of) the political realities of today, and it would probably be picketed by this administration and all the Christian conservatives. Tim Matheson is looking back to his cinematic college days. Finally, John Landis signed on to direct the project. 36 on AFI’s Funniest Movies list and has been preserved in the National Film Registry.

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