Chevy Chase To Channel Mel Gibson In New ‘Law & Order’

NEW YORK (September 26, 2006) - Chevy Chase has done a lot of impressions over the years, but now he’ll channel Mel Gibson in an upcoming episode of “Law & Order.”

Chase will guest star as a celebrity who is pulled over for drunk driving while wearing blood-soaked clothes, and whose religious prejudice comes out after his arrest.

The idea for the “ripped from the headlines” episode appears to be loosely based upon Gibson’s DUI arrest in July.

Chase began filming his scenes this week, NBC announced.

The episode (titled “In Vino Veritas”) is slated to air on Friday, November 3.

Chase first came to national prominence as a writer and performer with the original cast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” for which he won two Emmy Awards.

He has since starred in more than 20 films, including “Foul Play,” “Caddy Shack,” “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and its three sequels, “Fletch” and “The Three Amigos.”

Most recently, Chase started opposite Naomi Watts in “Ellie Parker,” which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival. He will next be seen the in the comedy “Funny Money,” which opened this year’s Sarasota Film Festival in March.

Chase joins a long list of celebrities who have lent their talents to the popular crime drama. Julia Roberts, Amanda Peet, William H. Macy, James Earl Jones and Cynthia Nixon are just a few of the stars who have made guest spots on “Law & Order.”

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