Emile Hirsch To Play John Belushi In A Biopic By Steve Conrad

Posted by October 28, 2013 Comment

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Steve Conrad has been working on his John Belushi biopic for a long time now, with the first public announcement coming around three years ago. It’s full steam ahead tonight, though, with an official announcement that Emile Hirsch has been cast in the lead role.

Okay… I can see it. Not until it was pointed out, but now that it’s there in front of me. And the fella is certainly a determined actor.

What really captures the imagination, though, is the promise that Conrad will tell not only the specific story of John Belushi but also paint the bigger picture of “the American dream.” By which I think the press release means, the story of a man chasing individual success hurling himself off the cliff top.

Here’s the official description:

On the day he turned thirty, John starred in America’s number-one movie (“Animal House”), starred in the number-one late-night show (“Saturday Night Live”) and had recorded the number-one album (“Briefcase Full of Blues”). All from a guy who was never supposed to make it out from behind the cash register of his family’s Chicago diner. How did this Albanian immigrant’s son capture a nation’s imagination and come to embody all the glory and tragedy of the American dream? It was one high-price, high-speed, short-lived wild ride.

Conrad’s no dummy and Belushi’s story is an interesting one. I think this could be a very rich and worthwhile tragedy.

(Last Updated October 28, 2013 4:21 pm )

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