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Hirsch has now told Rolling Stone that the offer to play Belushi "came up fairly recently".
"Conrad had a strong vision and I feel like I just fit into that," he said. "Then I read the material and really responded to it. Everything about it is interesting."
The actor added that he is currently trying to learn more about the comedian's life.
"I was familiar with him, but I'm getting more familiar," the star explained. "He was a little bit before my time, so there's an educational process in there.
"It's exciting to present this guy to a generation of comedy fans who may not be too knowledgeable about his work. We're trying to do him justice. »
John Belushi was a comedy comet. There was no one else like him, and his bright flight was amazing to behold — until it tragically flamed out in 1982 when he died of a drug overdose. A dozen filmmakers could make a dozen different interesting movies about his life and times, especially since he — more than probably any other Saturday Night Live alum — helped define what that now-iconic show would be. In 1989, Michael Chiklis starred as Belushi in Wired, a poorly received effort that featured Belushi’s ghost reflecting on his life to biographer Bob Woodward. The energetic comedian deserved better.
On Monday, »
- Jeff Labrecque
After much speculation as to who would take on the responsibility of portraying the storied comedian, Film 360 announced Monday that Emile Hirsch, 28, has signed on to play John Belushi in director Steve Conrad’s still-untitled biopic.
The long-gestating biopic only recently regained traction when Conrad, who wrote The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, and Ben Stiller’s upcoming The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, signed on to both write and direct. The Hangover’s Todd Phillips was originally slated to direct. Reports surfaced last week that he’d held meetings with Hirsch and Workaholics lead Adam DeVine about taking on the role. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Emile Hirsch signed to star in a film about the short but eventful life of John Belushi. The film’s scripted and directed by Steve Conrad, based on the Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby book Belushi. Hirsch is not an obvious choice to play the comic actor who soared to fame in Animal House, the original Saturday Night Live cast and films like Blues Brothers before dying at age 33 in 1982 at the Chateau Marmont Hotel to become a cautionary tale of excess. The film, which shoots next spring in New York, is the first feature on Belushi’s life and death since 1989′s Wired. That film starred Michael Chiklis and was based on the Bob Woodward book. It was not embraced by Belushi’s widow, who’s part of the new version. Maybe it was too soon, or just too bracing a look at a brilliant comic’s demise. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Emile Hirsch has been cast as “Saturday Night Live” alum John Belushi in an upcoming biopic from writer-director Steve Conrad, TheWrap has learned. Hirsch will have to gain weight to play Belushi, who died from a tragic drug overdose at the Chateau Marmont in 1982 at the age of 33. Michael Chiklis played Belushi in the 1989 movie “Wired,” which Belushi’s family and friends refused to support. // Conrad’s project boasts their cooperation, with Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, producing and Belushi’s “Blues Brothers” co-star Dan Aykroyd executive producing. Emjag’s Alexandra Milchan and Bonnie Timmerman are also producing with Scott Lambert. »
- Jeff Sneider
John Belushi's career went from one extreme to another. His drug-fueled and alcohol induced life may have lead to his traic early death, but his films were a thing to behold. As a result of this, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty writer Steve Conrad has been attached to both write and direct a feature based on the life of the great comedian. Todd Phillips at one point was attached to direct but it looks like Conrad will direct a script he co-wrote with The Hangover helmer.
Exactly who will star is up in the air but Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Emile Hirsch (Savages) and Adam Devine (Workaholics) have all been linked to the lead role. The film will not reflect the underwhelming, unapproved biopic Wired which starred Michael Chiklis and will instead focus on "a man that embodied both the glory and the tragedy of the American dream »
- Gary Collinson
The Untitled John Belushi Project is coming back to life once again, with Steve Conrad on board to direct and actors such as Joaquin Phoenix, Emile Hirsch and Workaholics' Adam DeVine in contention to star as the late comedian.
We first reported on this project back in August 2010, when Warner Bros. and director Todd Phillips were developing the project with screenwriter Steve Conrad. Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips have since departed the project, with Steve Conrad now directing from his own script as an independent feature.
The director has already met with Emile Hirsch and Adam DeVine, with Joaquin Phoenix also being mentioned as a contender. Nelson Franklin (Jobs, Argo) has also met with the filmmaker to play John Belushi's best friend and The Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd.
The film will reportedly bet set at the height of John Belushi's fame, focusing on the man who »
John Belushi will always be remembered as a comic genius who died too young, and his drug-fueled life made his early death a tragedy. A biopic has been in the works for years with The Hangover director Todd Phillips attached to helm the picture. THR is now reporting that The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screenwriter Steve Conrad will direct from a script he co-wrote with Phillips. The project will be an indie feature, and Conrad has already started looking at actors who could play the iconic comedian. Hit the jump for more. According to THR, Conrad has already met with Emile Hirsch and Workaholics star Adam Devine about the role, and Joaquin Phoenix has also been linked to the part. And yes, I agree these slim gentleman are unexpected choices to play the heavyset Belushi, but I can personally attest that putting on weight isn't difficult. However, I'm a »
- Matt Goldberg
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