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Danny Glover’s ‘Lethal’ Toilet Was in the ‘Christmas Vacation’ House

Oh sh*t!


National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and the first Lethal Weapon movie have something in common. And that something, as Randy Quaid’s Cousin Eddie, would put it, is a shitter. It’s one of several amusing anecdotes shared by the Christmas Vacation cast and filmmakers in Rolling Stone magazine’s celebration of the classic holiday film’s 30th anniversary.

“The house we used is on the back lot at Warner Brothers, (and) it was the same house where they shot Lethal Weapon,” Chevy Chase told the magazine. “The toilet that blew up with Danny Glover (in Lethal Weapon) was actually lying out on the lawn when we arrived there, waiting for the next crew to come in.” And that next crew, of course, was Christmas Vacation.

In addition to Chase (Clark Griswold), other Christmas Vacation alumni participating in the oral history include Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswold), Juliette Lewis (Audrey Griswold), Diane Ladd (Norah Griswold), Johnny Galecki (Rusty Griswold), Miriam Flynn (Catherine), Doris Roberts (Frances Smith) and Ellen Latzin (Ruby Sue), producers Matty Simmons and Tom Jacobson, and director Jeremiah Chechik.

Among other notable revelations, Ladd was surprised to be cast as Clark’s mother, understandable since she was just eight years older than Chase. And then there’s this doozy from Galecki, who recounts foolishly recommending not adding a Clark-Rusty/father-son scene to the movie.

“One day (writer-producer) John Hughes, Jeremiah, Chevy and I were sitting around waiting for a scene to be set up, and Chevy said, ‘There’s always been kind of a man-to-man scene between Clark and Russ in the previous films — a coming-of-age scene. But there isn’t in this one,’” Galecki says. “John mentioned that he had something like that in an initial draft, and Chevy said, ‘We should consider putting that back in.’ So they asked what I thought and I said, ‘I don’t think there’s any point. Somebody thought it was worth taking out at some point, so even if we shoot it, it’ll probably get taken out again.’ I literally talked myself out of what could have been a classic scene with Chevy Chase. Now that I’m a jaded Hollywood fuck, I realize the error of my ways. I still kick myself in the ass for this every day.”

Check out the full story in Rolling Stone.