Chevy Chase to Play Mel Gibson-Like Character on 'Law & Order'

Chevy Chase will guest star on NBC's crime drama "Law & Order" as a TV celebrity who spews religious epithets after being pulled over by police for drunken driving, the network said Tuesday.

Although there are similarities between the episode — titled "In Vino Veritas" — and Mel Gibson's recent legal troubles, a spokesman for NBC noted that the long-running "Law & Order" drama series "is completely fiction."

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Chase, 62, was a member of the original cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live." His screen credits include roles in "Caddyshack" and "Fletch."

Gibson pleaded no contest Aug. 17 to a charge of drunken driving in Malibu. He volunteered to do public-service announcements on the hazards of drinking and driving, and to immediately enter rehabilitation.

During the arrest early in the morning of July 28, the 50-year-old actor-director made anti-Semitic remarks to the arresting deputy. He later apologized.

Gibson's latest film, "Apocalypto," is slated for release in December.