Tim Matheson: Belushi Was On Greatest Habits On 'Animal Home' Set

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Of all of the actors “Animal Home” star Tim Matheson has labored with in his practically 60-year profession, he factors to Chevy Chase as being “troublesome.”

The pair labored collectively on the 1985 action-comedy movie, “Fletch.”

“Chevy might be troublesome however Chevy was a really troubled particular person,” Matheson, 70, informed Confidential. “He was getting sober throughout ‘Fletch,’ however…. I’ve seen him when he’s not been on his greatest [behavior].”

Within the enterprise since he was a child, Matheson’s labored with a who’s who of Hollywood stars. He says that Lucille Ball and Jackie Gleason had been his favorites as a result of, “They had been powerful, however what each of them demanded was to be ready for a efficiency.”

Matheson is greatest recognized for his portrayal of the suave Eric “Otter” Stratton within the 1978 comedy basic “Animal Home,” which celebrates its 40th anniversary this 12 months.

The actor says that he knew straight away that the movie was going to be one thing particular.

“I assumed this was the funniest script I had ever seen,” he informed Confidential. “I fought desperately laborious to get in and nearly didn’t make it.”

He additionally says that troubled co-star John Belushi, who would die of a drug overdose in 1982, was on his greatest habits throughout filming.

“[Director] John Landis was very (a lot a) taskmaster,” Matheson says, “and I heard that he allegedly informed Belushi, ‘No medicine! Don’t you dare to do something on this set!’ I do know on ‘1941,’ he had gotten to a spot the place he wasn’t on the most effective habits.”

Matheson says it wasn’t an enormous shock when he heard the information of Belushi’s passing.

“He was the lifetime of the occasion,” the “West Wing” actor says. “He was the funniest, warmest, sweetest man within the room and all people wished to get excessive with him. All people wished to occasion with him and one of many methods everybody thought was cool was, ‘Right here, have some cocaine!’ That’s how folks had been again then.”

Matheson, who most lately appeared in “Jumanji,” admits he dabbled in cocaine however stop.

“Cigarettes, cocaine, they’d their approach with me for just a little bit after which they dumped me,” he says. “They left me.”

Matheson will probably be showing at a particular 40th anniversary celebration screening of “Animal Home” on the New Jersey Performing Arts Heart on Feb. 16.

With Nicki Gostin

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