In a recent chat on the UK edition of The Huffington Post, former "Saturday Night Live" not-ready-for-prime-time player Chevy Chase was cantankerous as he condemned his current NBC sitcom "Community," reports New York Magazine.
Chase said he joined the show only for the money, commenting: "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."
Chase described working on television comedy as the "lowest form of television," but he did throw a bone to his co-workers, saying, "I think the reason I have stuck around is because I love these kids, the cast — they are very good."
All in all, he would rather be on the big screen. “I prefer movies because the money is better and certainly because you really know where you stand when you are making movies, and I have made a lot of them: 50 something, I don’t know,” Chase said. “The hours in this kind of show are not commensurate with the actual product. The hours are hideous, and it’s still a sitcom on television, which is probably the lowest form of television.”
He also listed some of his regrets over film roles he says he turned down. “I turned down ‘Forrest Gump,’ I turned down ‘American Gigolo,’ there are many films — like ‘Ghostbusters’ — that I turned down,” Chase said. “The first one I did was ‘Foul Play’ with Goldie Hawn, but I turned down ‘Animal House’ — I turned that down. So all those I regret only because they made huge amounts of money and I would be very wealthy …"