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John Belushi bio-pic in works with Emile Hirsch in title role



Remember the outcry at the portrayal of the late John Belushi in John Woodward's book (later a movie) Wired? You don't? Well, it was a LONG time ago. Long enough that Hollywood has forgotten and is ready to start over with a new bio-pic starring Emile Hirsch as the hard-living comedic actor.

E! says director Steve Conrad will be in charge of turning a book written by Belushi's widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, into something watchable. The first tough part: Making us believe that 28-year-old Hirsch looks anything like Belushi. (Plaid shirts aside, Belushi was 33 when he died in March 1982, but he looked 53.)

Hirsch has the acting chops to pull it off. His performances in Into The Wild and Milk were notable. And I doubt people can remember back to 1989 when Michael Chiklis played Belushi in the adaptation of Woodward's biography.

Still to be cast in the new bio-pic: the roles of Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. Might I suggest ... Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd? Aw, just kidding. I'm sure they'll find a couple 20-something slackers to ruin those roles.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 9:34am]


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