THE AISLE SEAT - by Mike McGranaghan
"MY YEAR OF CHEVY: ONE GUY'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE FILMOGRAPHY OF CHEVY CHASE"
My second book, My Year of Chevy: One Guy's Journey Through the Filmography of Chevy Chase, has just been released. The premise is simple: I spent twelve months watching and analyzing every single movie Chevy has ever been involved with. (There are more than you think: forty-two in all.) I did this because I thought it would be interesting to track an actor's career film by film, to see why some choices were good matches for their talent and why some were not. Chevy Chase has had such a diverse career that he seemed to be a perfect fit. He's starred in classic hits and notorious bombs, major Hollywood productions and obscure independent features. He has taken starring roles and supporting roles, even a few cameos. Plus, I've been a huge fan all my life.
By watching Chevy's entire body of work in such a short amount of time, I found recurring themes across his movies, as well as strange coincidences and interesting connections. I discovered that some of his pictures hold up, some don't, and some of them have emerged as under-appreciated gems. Most of all, I determined that Chevy didn't always get the credit he deserved. While his detractors often accused him of having a limited repertoire, the truth is that, unlike some of his contemporaries, his attempts to stretch were often hampered by other factors.
My favorite section of the book is devoted to Chevy's 1997 film Vegas Vacation. That movie's director, Stephen Kessler, graciously granted me an exclusive interview – no limits on what I could ask, nothing off the record. Like most people, I'd assumed that picture was a cash grab that no one took seriously. This turns out not to have been the case at all. I'll never look at Vegas Vacation the same way again, and neither will you.
This was a fun book to write, and I hope you'll give it a read. My Year of Chevy is available in paperback and Kindle versions. To order the paperback edition (or read a preview of the book), you can order a copy right here.
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