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James Belushi


  1. John Malkovich, The Killing Fields, 1985.    “But I did Salvador, so I still got it out of my system - the political thing.”
  2. Robert Carradine, Number One With A Bullet, 1986.One brother succeeded by another.
  3. Tom Hanks, Dragnet, 1987.SergeantJoe Friday was his Blues Brother partner, Dan Aykroyd.All producer David Permut did was take a meeting with Universal’s Frank Price, point at Aykroyd and chant the famous TV theme tune: Dum dah dum dum, dum dah dum dum. “Shortest pitch in history!” And oneof the worst films...
  4. Michael Douglas, Fatal Attraction, 1987.
  5. Whoopi Goldberg, Homer and Eddie, 1989.    Russiandirector Andrei Konchalovsky’s game-plan - RobinWilliams and Belushi - collapsed when Jim could not deal with memories of Williams and his dead brother John.Konchalovsky “fell in love with Jim, a marvellous, interesting,unpredictable actor” and made him the retard, Homer, and “had the crazy idea"” to change his Eddie into a woman. “Well, Homer is as feminine as Eddie is masculine.”
  6. Robert Downey, Jr, Air America, 1990.Second choice after Bill Murray parachuted from director Richard Rush and Sean Connery’s 1985 plan.
  7. Bill Sinclair, Dinosaurs, 1991.    Wanting to pursue a serious film career, Jim nixed the role of Earl Sinclair. The Dinosaurs are an animatronic stone-age working-class family created by Jim Henson for Disney.
  8. Tom Hanks, A League OfTheir Own, 1992.Signed on as the women’s baseball team coach at Fox - long gone when Penny Marshall’s film won a new inning at Columbia, rescued Tom Hanks from comedy, leading to two successive 90s’ Oscars. “It enabled me to throw away that totally likeable and naive and cheerful and charming and good-looking persona that I’m burdened with -to play a guy with his entire life right there on his shirt sleeve.”
  9. Burt Reynolds, Cop And A Half, 1992.Offered the cop when Kurt Russell and the half-pint MacCauley Culkin quit. But he’d already been a cop with a dog inK9. Once bitten....
  10. John Goodman, The  Flintstones, 1994.  Yabba-dabba-don’t!  Before any script was written, producer Joel Silver signed Belushi  as the Stone Age hero  in 1986, with a  (leased) Mercedes for a year instead of cash.  Project passed to Steven Spielberg in 1988 and would never have happened if Goodman had been unable  able to squeeze it in  during his vacation from  the Roseanne series. Because, according to co-creator Joseph Barbera: “When John Goodman was born, he was stamped Fred Flintstone right there on his bottom.”

  11. Eric Roberts, Doctor Who (The Movie), TV, 1996.    
  12. Rip Torn, Hercules, 1996.    Belushi, John Goodman, Gregory Peck and Patrick Stewart were in the frame to voice Zeus. Apart from Peck, they all went on to supply other voices for other Disney characters Belushi, for example, was Benny the Squirrel in The Wild, 2005. (Twenty years earlier Mrs Torn, actress Geraldine Page, voiced Madame Medusa in The Rescuers at Disney).
  13. Joe Morton, Blue Brothers 2000, 1998.    “I wanted Jim but he was doing a TV show,” relates family pal Dan Aykroyd.The next year, Belushi voiced his brother’s old Jake role in the animation series.
  14. Godley, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, 2004.     Director Tim Burton ran through many TV dads for Mr Teavee. Jim was, er, Jim Belushi for 145 episodes of According To Jim, 2001-2007. Also in the mix: Tim Allen, Dan Castellaneta, Ed O’Neill, Ray Romano, Bob Saget and Kurtwood Smith. Godley was a huge 1998 hit as Kenneth Williams in London’s behind-the-Carry-On-scenes play, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle, and Dick.







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