American Actor Chevy Chase has reprised his Clark Griswold role in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” in a new ad for Ford which sees the goofy, but lovable Griswold doing all he can to give his family the greatest Christmas ever.
While that sounds heart-warming, of course, nothing goes right as Chase recreates the famous Christmas light scene as part of a pitch for Ford’s Mustang Mach-E all-electric vehicle. Beverly D’Angelo, who reprises her role as Clark’s wife, saves the day (well, night).
“It’s great to be back for another Christmas with my on-screen family and its rotating assortment of kids – and I have Ford and Mustang Mach-E to thank for paying me to do it,” said Chase.
“I suppose you’re expecting some sort of riff on electric cars, but I can say with 85% certainty that this thing probably won’t cause any blackouts in your neighborhood when you plug it in.”
The one-minute spot is set to air on the SNL Christmas Special Dec. 22.
“My favorite sidekick role is playing Ellen Griswold to Chevy’s Clark, my one and only Sparky,” D’Angelo said.
“But this year, the brightest spark is the Mustang Mach-E in the driveway! Please don’t tell him I said that. I’m already in trouble for bringing a different set of kids every time we go on a vacation.”
In original the film, Griswold says he hung 250 strands composed of 100 lights each – which temporarily cut power across the entire city.
According to Forbes, ComEd says, based on today’s dollars running those lights for five hours a day for 31 days would cost the tidy sum of $3,699.85. That’s cheaper than a Mustang, and almost as much fun.
Here’s the original scene.
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