Mark Canton (executive in charge of production): I'd just started working for Jon Peters, and Caddyshack was the first thing that came along. The script was probably about 200 pages, and my job was to help to take this overly large but brilliant document and turn it into a 100-page screenplay. It looked like a novel.
Ramis: With any big movie, you need a million-dollar player—so that was Chevy. We kind of wrote the character of Ty Webb with him in mind.
Chevy Chase (eccentric millionaire golfer Ty Webb): Bill replaced me on Saturday Night Live. Part of the reason I left after the first season was I wanted to marry this girl who everybody knew was the wrong one except me. It didn't last. But everyone from SNL came out for the wedding, and John Belushi got so drunk he started making out with my mother. I'd turned down Animal House to do Foul Play with Goldie Hawn, and then I got the Caddyshack script. My father told me to stay away from Republicans on golf courses because they just wasted the day so they could stay away from their families. I agreed. I mean, What the hell was golf? Walking around like it was some kind of a sport!
Ramis: We were really leaning toward Mickey Rourke to play Danny Noonan. He was so cool—a very natural actor, almost too real for the movie. Michael O'Keefe seemed like a really good boy. Plus, he was a scratch golfer. Then, I think, we cast Rodney.
Peters: Rodney Dangerfield was hot on The Tonight Show at the time, but not in movies. We brought him in, and he came to the studio in a big black limo. Then he came into my office and took out a plastic bag and did two lines of coke on my desk.
Ramis: I was actually inclined toward Don Rickles for the part. He had the right obnoxiousness and was probably a better actor than Rodney.
Murray: I got into the movie because of my brother Brian. I think the real reason I got the part was that I was reasonably priced.
Ramis: We saw a lot of young women [for] the Lacey Underall part. Cindy Morgan hadn't acted much before, but she looked great.
Peters: I actually had Bo Derek, but [Doyle-Murray, Kenney and Ramis] didn't want her!
Cindy Morgan (blonde sex bomb Lacey Underall): I was the morning-drive disc jockey at WLUP 97.9 FM in Chicago. I was making $135 a week. They wouldn't let me do commercials, so I said, To heck with you guys, I'm going to L.A. I was nervous when I went in to read for Lacey Underall, but I told myself, I just need to focus on one thing—whoever I'm reading with, I have to make him sweat. I read with Doug Kenney, and when I saw a little trickle of sweat come down the side of his face, I knew I got the job.