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Jim Belushi wants son to replace Emile Hirsch in tragic brother's biopic

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Actor Jim Belushi is urging producers behind an upcoming biopic about his brother John to reconsider casting Emile Hirsch as the tragic funnyman, insisting his son is better suited to portray his late uncle.

"Into the Wild" star Hirsch was confirmed to lead the cast of Steve Conrad's new movie last month, but John Belushi's own sibling is convinced his comedian son could do a better job than anyone else -- because the young "How I Met Your Mother" actor resembles the "Blues Brothers" icon in both looks and humor.

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Jim Belushi tells TMZ, "I think he (Hirsh) is a terrific actor but I think they should have got my son, Robert Belushi... My son is 33, same age as John when he passed, and he looks like him... He's a comic actor and he's really good. He would nail it..."

The biopic has the full backing of Belushi's widow Judy and his "Blues Brothers" and "Saturday Night Live" sidekick Dan Aykroyd, who is expected to be portrayed onscreen by TV actor Nelson Franklin. John Belushi died in 1982.

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Nov 19, 2013 8:37AM
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"Belushi on Belushi on Belushi", sounds just about right, e.g., correct, to me.
Nov 19, 2013 8:41AM
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I had to look up who he was on HIMYM.  Thank you Linus
Nov 19, 2013 8:42AM
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is it supposed to be a drama or comedy?
Nov 19, 2013 8:35AM
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When Jim Belushi produces a movie about his late brother, John, is when he'll be able to cast whoever plays the role.  His son may look like his famous uncle, but Emile Hirsch is an accomplished actor with a host of roles to his credit, while Jim's son is a virtual nobody.  What a bad idea!!!
Nov 19, 2013 8:23AM
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What was the title of that show of his, the most unfunny and dullest show of all time.....what the hell was it?  Blame it on Jim? It's Jim? The theory of Jim? I cannot remember, but God it was so unfunny.  Oh maybe it was "Unfunny Jim" ?????
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