In the 1970s came the most controversial and accessible comedy ever seen. The National Lampoon was a magazine featuring some of the most socially terrifying taboos and became a groundbreaking publication in the world of American humour. Unafraid were the editors to approach subjects regarding politics, war, sex, drugs and culture, and nothing was allowed to stay censored; it was, indeed, best known for the highly outrageous cover art that ranged from parodic images of Van Gogh and Hitler to a gun threat against a dog. From pages full of laughs came a multimedia comedic world with radio shows, music and television all spawning from that one paper. The most memorable incarnations of the Lampoon were the 'Animal House', 'Class Reunion' and 'Vacation' movies which took the whole franchise to a new level of fame.
Heroin has claimed yet another high-profile victim, we look at other famous faces to have fallen foul of the drug.
GWAR frontman Dave Brockie died of a heroin overdose Other celebs who have passed away from the drug It was recently announced that frontman of theatrical horror-rock band GWAR has died of a heroin overdose, just another victim of a substance that each year lays waste to thousands upon thousands of tortured souls across the world. In the celebrity sphere, and music world especially, heroin is an all-too common cause of death that has taken the lives of many of the world’s iconic figures.
GWAR frontman Dave Brockie died of a heroin overdose earlier this year
It is also synonymous with certain movements and genres. It’s usage in the grunge era was ubiquitous much the same as it was amongst the likes of Led Zeppelin and the monsters of rock that flourished in yesteryear. To some, heroin is viewed with romanticism that has inspired countless songs, from The La’s “There She Goes” to Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day.” As such, it’s often viewed as a glamorous addition to one’s lifestyle, especially those with a fondness for the ‘gonzo’ literary works of Hunter S. Thompson and William Burroughs. But first and foremost, despite its allusions as a pathway towards creative bliss, it is a killer that ensnares the victim in a routine of cop and fix that can so easily lead to degradation and eventual death.
The devil may care comic actor will have his life turned into a feature length biopic
The film will follow Belushi's life prior to and upon finding fame in the late 1970's as one of the original performers on Saturday Night Live, leading up to his tragic death from a drugs overdose in 1982 when he was just 33.
Conrad, writer of such titles as The Pursuit of Happiness and more recently The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will serve as screenwriter and director of the biopic, which, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will serve as both a tale of Belushi's life and a parable for the darker side effects of achieving the American Dream.
Continue reading: It's Official: Emile Hirsch Will Play John Belushi In New Biopic
Emile Hirsch has been cast in the role of John Belushi. He will play the late comic actor in the upcoming biopic due to start production in 2014.
Emile Hirsch will play John Belushi in an upcoming biopic. The casting has been confirmed by TheWrap who have also provided details of the production. The film will be written and directed by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness).
Emile Hirsch has been cast as John Belushi in the upcoming biopic.
Belushi died in 1982 at the age of 33 of an accidental drug overdose. The comic is best known for his appearances on Saturday Night Live and in such films as The Blues Brothers.
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He's just one of... a million names, though
With the news that the John Belushi biopic is back on after a stagnant few years, thoughts have turned to who will play the mercurial talent who was there at the very beginnings of Saturday Night Live. Joaquin Phoenix’s name has emerged amongst a bunch of potential actors.
John Belushi [L] and Dan Akroyd as The Blues Brothers
The fact that Phoenix’s name has been mentioned shouldn’t have much bearing on who actually plays the late star. So far, according to a quick trawl of the net, Zach Galifianakis, Jack Black, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Ethan Suplee, Tyler Labine and Emile Hirsch have all been suggested. (Digital Spy)
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John Belushi Friday 14th December 1979 as 'Capt. Wild Bill Kelso' in the film '1941' directed by Steven Spielberg USA
John Belushi Friday 28th July 1978 as 'John 'Bluto' Blutarsky' in the film 'Animal House' USA
1) The music is great, coming from a legendary line-up of soul and blues artists: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker, Cab Calloway, and Ray Charles, whose performance of "Shake a Tail Feather" will get you dancing with the horde of extras onscreen.
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