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(Yahoo)   Casting for lead role in John Belushi biopic is over. Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is. Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no   (movies.yahoo.com) divider line 67
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2013-10-29 07:44:31 AM
He's okay, if you like sousaphones.
 
2013-10-29 08:02:47 AM

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Didn't they do this already?
 
2013-10-29 08:15:45 AM
Germans?
 
2013-10-29 08:18:27 AM
That headline seemed a little forced
 
2013-10-29 08:29:17 AM
Seth Rogen as Belushi, with Alan Tudyk as Dan Aykroyd.

/and Paul Rudd as Chevy Chase
 
2013-10-29 08:30:17 AM

foo monkey: Germans?


Forget it, he's rolling.
 
2013-10-29 08:36:51 AM

Cheron: foo monkey: Germans?

Forget it, he's rolling.


You better listen to him, he's pre-med.
 
2013-10-29 08:43:04 AM

Solon Isonomia: Cheron: foo monkey: Germans?

Forget it, he's rolling.

You better listen to him, he's pre-med.


I thought he was pre-law?
 
2013-10-29 08:58:00 AM

LowbrowDeluxe: Solon Isonomia: Cheron: foo monkey: Germans?

Forget it, he's rolling.

You better listen to him, he's pre-med.

I thought he was pre-law?


What's the difference?
 
2013-10-29 08:59:09 AM
He dies at the end.
 
2013-10-29 09:05:29 AM
 
2013-10-29 09:07:59 AM
Wow.

That is about the worst miscasting in a biopic since Jennifer Love Hewitt played Audrey Hepburn.
 
2013-10-29 09:10:08 AM
I haven't felt this bad since that Ronald Reagan film.
 
2013-10-29 09:13:33 AM
Audience goers will be required to suspend disbelief during the screening of the film,
 
2013-10-29 09:14:36 AM
They should have gotten Shia Labuff.
 
2013-10-29 09:14:44 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Wow.

That is about the worst miscasting in a biopic since Jennifer Love Hewitt played Audrey Hepburn.


oh c'mon, she wasn't THAT bad :p
 
2013-10-29 09:26:32 AM

mafiageek1980: DjangoStonereaver: Wow.

That is about the worst miscasting in a biopic since Jennifer Love Hewitt played Audrey Hepburn.

oh c'mon, she wasn't THAT bad :p


Acting-wise, no.  And both JLH and Audrewy Hepburn were stunningly gorgeous

But.....

Come on!

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2013-10-29 09:30:30 AM
They should have gotten Phil Nickinson. He's not really an actor but I think he could carry the part.
 
2013-10-29 10:03:41 AM

DjangoStonereaver: mafiageek1980: DjangoStonereaver: Wow.

That is about the worst miscasting in a biopic since Jennifer Love Hewitt played Audrey Hepburn.

oh c'mon, she wasn't THAT bad :p

Acting-wise, no.  And both JLH and Audrewy Hepburn were stunningly gorgeous

But.....

Come on!

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I stand corrected on the "look" part, lol!
 
2013-10-29 10:05:38 AM
Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.
 
2013-10-29 10:11:59 AM

thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.


Buddy Holly is a legend.
 
2013-10-29 10:12:34 AM

thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.


explain James Dean then, and all the other celebs that have died in car crashes.
 
2013-10-29 10:22:18 AM

mafiageek1980: thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.

explain James Dean then, and all the other celebs that have died in car crashes.


James Dean had a cult following and was a pop culture icon.

Steve Allen was a true comedy pioneer; he died in a car accident; and he lived too straight of a life to get the biopic treatment. Had he done a lot of drugs he's be considered complex, brooding, and tragic.
 
2013-10-29 10:29:34 AM

DjangoStonereaver: Wow.

That is about the worst miscasting in a biopic since Jennifer Love Hewitt Lindsay Lohan played Audrey Hepburn Elizabeth Taylor.


FTFY

Seth Rogen looks more like the guy who played Flounder in "Animal House" than Belushi.
 
2013-10-29 10:30:53 AM

thornhill: mafiageek1980: thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.

explain James Dean then, and all the other celebs that have died in car crashes.

James Dean had a cult following and was a pop culture icon.

Steve Allen was a true comedy pioneer; he died in a car accident; and he lived too straight of a life to get the biopic treatment. Had he done a lot of drugs he's be considered complex, brooding, and tragic.


I can see where you are coming from with this example. Makes me wonder why they haven't done a Sam kinison biopic yet.
 
2013-10-29 10:33:18 AM

thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.


Fine. Let's test your hypothesis. Get Jim Belushi killed off by any method of your choosing, and we'll analyze the reaction.
 
2013-10-29 10:33:57 AM

thornhill: mafiageek1980: thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.

explain James Dean then, and all the other celebs that have died in car crashes.

James Dean had a cult following and was a pop culture icon.

Steve Allen was a true comedy pioneer; he died in a car accident; and he lived too straight of a life to get the biopic treatment. Had he done a lot of drugs he's be considered complex, brooding, and tragic.


Steve Allen?
 
2013-10-29 10:37:55 AM
First person I thought of was Will Sasso. He's Belushi's size and he has comedic acting chops.
 
2013-10-29 10:42:07 AM
I'm a Belushi fan and I don't think it's bad casting at all. Hirsch is an actor willing to work hard on his roles, and Belushi wasn't really that fat in his prime years. Hirsch can gain 30 pounds or so to fill out his face and neck a little, and pad the rest. With a good director and makeup, he might do a good job.

The real problem is the biopic form. This will have a bigger budget and official Belushi characters as opposed to "Wired" but it's still going to have the same problem in the dramatic structure. You can't really tell the Belushi story without the downbeat ending.
 
2013-10-29 10:52:00 AM

thatguyoverthere70: You can't really tell the Belushi story without the downbeat ending


We could dig up fat Nixon to play Akroyd.
Or Elvis.

Might be hard finding someone pricky enough to play Chase.
Or sexy enough to play the girls, all of them.
 
2013-10-29 11:03:19 AM

thatguyoverthere70: You can't really tell the Belushi story without the downbeat ending.


You mean Jim living?
 
2013-10-29 11:07:46 AM

thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.


Sam Kinison disagrees

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2013-10-29 11:22:24 AM
Speed Racer?
 
2013-10-29 11:31:40 AM

thornhill: Steve Allen was a true comedy pioneer; he died in a car accident; and he lived too straight of a life to get the biopic treatment. Had he done a lot of drugs he's be considered complex, brooding, and tragic.


http://www.theonion.com/articles/steve-allen-gone-forgotten,8860/
 
2013-10-29 11:31:57 AM

thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.


I think you can blame his ex-wife.  Even though she was involved in the "Wired" book, she's always claimed that it presented a distorted picture of his life, and she's fought to get the "real" story told.  So we get a biopic which will be a long slow roll in a trough of nostalgia.
 
2013-10-29 11:33:23 AM
As much as I hated the character, Hirsch was pretty damn good in "Into the Wild" (don't know if McCandless was really that big of a douchebag in real life, but Hirsch captured it perfectly if so).  I'm thinking he has the chops to do Belushi just fine.  The physical attributes are what the makeup/costume departments are for.
 
2013-10-29 11:41:42 AM
Who's going to play Mork from Ork?
 
2013-10-29 11:44:57 AM

thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.


Yeah, I get your point.  Belushi didn't really do anything except reinvent teenage sex comedy, became the sole reason people watched SNL, launch the careers of Ackroyd, Chase, Radner, etc just by mere association, straddled comedic and dramatic roles over the course of several films, and became the inspiration for legions of comedic actors.  Nope, really not deserving of a biopic.

He's not a comedic legend.  He's a legend, PERIOD.
 
2013-10-29 11:53:07 AM
Phil Clinton:
Sam Kinison disagrees

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2013-10-29 11:57:52 AM

Dr. Kefarkian: thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.

Yeah, I get your point.  Belushi didn't really do anything except reinvent teenage sex comedy, became the sole reason people watched SNL, launch the careers of Ackroyd, Chase, Radner, etc just by mere association, straddled comedic and dramatic roles over the course of several films, and became the inspiration for legions of comedic actors.  Nope, really not deserving of a biopic.

He's not a comedic legend.  He's a legend, PERIOD.


He was a writer on Animal House?

Apparently you've never heard of Second City and The National Lampoon.
 
2013-10-29 12:05:21 PM

thornhill: He was a writer on Animal House?

Apparently you've never heard of Second City and The National Lampoon.


Ok, you got me.

Now tell me which one of the writers for "Animal House" is responsible for his performance.  Subsequently, that spike in sales of National Lampoon magazine after that movie hit the theaters is a complete coincidence.

As for Second City, I'm all for a John Candy biopic.  Get on that Hollywood.
 
2013-10-29 12:08:01 PM

Dr. Kefarkian: thornhill: He was a writer on Animal House?

Apparently you've never heard of Second City and The National Lampoon.

Ok, you got me.

Now tell me which one of the writers for "Animal House" is responsible for his performance.  Subsequently, that spike in sales of National Lampoon magazine after that movie hit the theaters is a complete coincidence.

As for Second City, I'm all for a John Candy biopic.  Get on that Hollywood.


I'm for it to, but who would play him?
 
2013-10-29 12:11:12 PM

mafiageek1980: Dr. Kefarkian: thornhill: He was a writer on Animal House?

Apparently you've never heard of Second City and The National Lampoon.

Ok, you got me.

Now tell me which one of the writers for "Animal House" is responsible for his performance.  Subsequently, that spike in sales of National Lampoon magazine after that movie hit the theaters is a complete coincidence.

As for Second City, I'm all for a John Candy biopic.  Get on that Hollywood.

I'm for it to, but who would play him?


John Goodman?
Louie Anderson?
Rosie O'Donnel?
 
2013-10-29 12:18:49 PM

mafiageek1980: thornhill: Do we really need a Belushi biopic? The guy was funny, yeah, but in the pantheon of comedy legends I dispute just how high he ranks. I suspect the only reason people care is because of the tragedy aspect of him being a massive drug user. Had he died of something random, like a car crash, he wouldn't be such a legend.

explain James Dean then, and all the other celebs that have died in car crashes.


Ditto Harry Chapin
 
2013-10-29 12:22:40 PM

Dr. Kefarkian: thornhill: He was a writer on Animal House?

Apparently you've never heard of Second City and The National Lampoon.

Ok, you got me.

Now tell me which one of the writers for "Animal House" is responsible for his performance.  Subsequently, that spike in sales of National Lampoon magazine after that movie hit the theaters is a complete coincidence.

As for Second City, I'm all for a John Candy biopic.  Get on that Hollywood.


They wrote the character, the lines, and he was directed by the director.

This may come as a shock, but the movie was no improvised.
 
2013-10-29 12:31:11 PM
Oh, come on. I look more like John Belushi than this guy does.
 
2013-10-29 12:39:17 PM

thornhill: Dr. Kefarkian: thornhill: He was a writer on Animal House?

Apparently you've never heard of Second City and The National Lampoon.

Ok, you got me.

Now tell me which one of the writers for "Animal House" is responsible for his performance.  Subsequently, that spike in sales of National Lampoon magazine after that movie hit the theaters is a complete coincidence.

As for Second City, I'm all for a John Candy biopic.  Get on that Hollywood.

They wrote the character, the lines, and he was directed by the director.

This may come as a shock, but the movie was no improvised.


Uh... wasn't one of Belushi's first gigs with Second City and he did a bunch of National Lampoon radio stuff before SNL?
 
2013-10-29 12:50:35 PM

thornhill: Dr. Kefarkian: thornhill: He was a writer on Animal House?

Apparently you've never heard of Second City and The National Lampoon.

Ok, you got me.

Now tell me which one of the writers for "Animal House" is responsible for his performance.  Subsequently, that spike in sales of National Lampoon magazine after that movie hit the theaters is a complete coincidence.

As for Second City, I'm all for a John Candy biopic.  Get on that Hollywood.

They wrote the character, the lines, and he was directed by the director.

This may come as a shock, but the movie was no improvised.


This may come as a shock, but true talent requires very little, if any, direction.  The writers had an IDEA of the Bluto character, but there is no way in hell they even dreamed of the kind of performance Belushi unleashed on them.

Solon Isonomia: Uh... wasn't one of Belushi's first gigs with Second City and he did a bunch of National Lampoon radio stuff before SNL?


and this.
 
2013-10-29 12:54:28 PM
I was hoping Jim landed the role.
 
2013-10-29 01:00:16 PM
Dr. Kefarkian:
Yeah, I get your point.  Belushi didn't really do anything except reinvent teenage sex comedy, became the sole reason people watched SNL, launch the careers of Ackroyd, Chase, Radner, etc just by mere association, straddled comedic and dramatic roles over the course of several films, and became the inspiration for legions of comedic actors.  Nope, really not deserving of a biopic.

Chevy would argue it was the other way around.

/Belushi (pointing to a photo of Chase's wife): "Hey, you have the regular one - I got the one with the donkey dick."
/Chase on Belushi: "I made him ready for polite company by shaving his back and teaching him how to eat with a fork."
 
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