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Emile Hirsch to star in John Belushi biopic

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Steak Snabler, Oct 29, 2013.

  1. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Officially announced Monday:


    Film will be co-executive produced by Dan Aykroyd.

    After years of guys like Jack Black being linked to this film, this is definitely an out-of-the-box choice. Hirsch is a really good actor, though. I just hope he goes the full DeNiro and gains the weight, rather than just uses makeup/a fat suit.

    For comparison's sake (my first inclination is that he's too good-looking):

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  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Jack Black is too old to play Belushi.

    Black is 44, Belushi died at 33.

    It's a great choice. Hirsch is a great actor who, for whatever reason hasn't become the star that he probably should be.
  3. britwrit

    britwrit Well-Known Member

    Michael Chiklis - long before The Shield - played Belushi in Wired, the 1989 adaption of the biography by Bob Woodward.

    An awful film but weirdly interesting. Youtube has it for free:
  4. MisterCreosote

    MisterCreosote Well-Known Member

    This is no more outside the box than casting Jim Carrey as Andy Kaufman, at the time. And that turned out pretty well.
  5. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    I agree about Black. Maybe 10 years ago, but him playing Belushi now would be nearly as distracting as 40-something Kevin Spacey playing 22-year-old Bobby Darin (who was dead at 37).
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I wondered what happened to Hirsch. He was everywhere a few years back, Speed Racer, Into the Wild, Milk - and then?
  7. Bodie_Broadus

    Bodie_Broadus Active Member

    Isn't Hirsch a little small to play Belushi?
  8. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Yes, but he'd presumably gain weight or use a fat suit.

    Height-wise, Belushi was 5-8 and Hirsch is 5-7.
  9. Bodie_Broadus

    Bodie_Broadus Active Member

    Oh, I didn't know Belushi was that short.
  10. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Belushi also wasn't nearly as fat as people seem to think. He was heavy, but never at the level of a Chris Farley or the other heavier comedians who are sometimes compared to him. I think I read the heaviest Belushi ever was was 225, which is only slightlier heavier than Jack Black is now,
  11. Bradley Guire

    Bradley Guire Well-Known Member

    This had damn well better make up for "Wired."
  12. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    No doubt it will be a B movie.
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