Concluding years of being able to use the question of their possible casting as John Belushi as a euphemistic way of calling actors fat, Emile Hirsch has finally landed the role in Steve Conrad’s upcoming Belushi biopic. Hirsch was one of the names most recently said to be in the running, alongside Workaholics’ Adam Devine and even Joaquin Phoenix, but Hirsch eventually won out, taking on the role of the late comedian in a film that will cover the apex of his fame. Having previously lost 40 pounds to star in Into The Wild, as The Wrap notes, Hirsch will now “have to gain weight for the part” of Belushi (meaning he might soon be getting a very concerned email from Tom Hanks). But he could probably do that by just rehearsing Belushi’s old Elizabeth Taylor sketch over and over.
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