You thought Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman was strange? Well, guess again! Emile Hirsch has just signed to play old school Saturday Night Live funny man John Belushi. The film is being scripted by Steve Conrad who previously worked on The Pursuit of Happyness and this year’s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
As strange as this casting is, Hirsch is a damn near perfect select for tackling the character. He has a strong solid grasp of how to handle comedies with films such as The Girl Next Door, as well as drama with Into The Wild. My question is, will he actually put on the necessary weight to fit the role. Either way, I’m pretty excited to see what Hirsch has planned for his portrayal of John Belushi.
Belushi died in 1982 at the young age of 33 after overdosing on a cocktail of speed and heroin, otherwise known as a speedball. He is one of the original members of SNL and a legend of his time. The best part about this news is his close friend and creative partner Dan Ackroyd will executive produce the film. Only fitting for a Blues Brother to help bring the comedic legend John Belushi to the big screen.
What do you think? Is Emile Hirsch the right actor for the role?
Source: The Wrap