Daily Trivia: 7/11/12

Question: On Too Close for Comfort, what was the name of JM J. Bullock’s character?


Last Question: What dark comedy was the last film to star Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi?

Answer: Neighbors (Great job Christa – @buttercup081474!)

The 1981 film Neighbors starred Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in his final role. There were all kinds of production problems with this movie. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd switched their roles in pre-production, acting against type. The crazy John Belushi played the meek, low-key Earl. And Dan Aykroyd, who was usually a straight-arrow type of character, played the wild and crazy Vic. Belushi and Aykroyd also argued constantly with director John G. Avildsen (as they believed that he had no understanding of comedy), and lobbied to have him removed from the picture. Belushi wanted either Aykroyd himself or John Landis to direct the film. Avildsen also argued with producers Richard D. Zanuck and David Brown, and screenwriter Larry Gelbart objected to the changes made to his screenplay by Dan Aykroyd. It was also during the filming of this movie that Belushi relapsed back into drugs.
The movie wasn’t a flop. But it disappointed a lot of people who were expecting a Blues Brothers type of movie. Sadly John Belushi died in March 1982, less than four months after the film’s release.

Here is a trailer of the movie:

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8 thoughts on “Daily Trivia: 7/11/12”

  1. I didn’t know that this movie even existed until one of my co-workers at Dish recommended I watch it. I’ve been trying to watch all of John Belushi’s films, so I thought it would be a perfect addition to my Blockbuster @Home queue. I guess I was expecting a crazy and hilarious movie, so I didn’t know what to think when I watched it. I actually think that Belushi was a talented actor who wasn’t given nearly as much credit as he deserved. I was blown away by his work in this movie, and I would’ve liked to see him in more serious roles. Know of any Belushi films where he had a serious role?

    1. I bet he could have gotten better and better. It’s sad. I’m not aware of any serious roles that he may have had. I haven’t seen Continental Divide yet, but I think that one is a romatic comedy. It was his second to last film. So he was starting to move away from the crazy slapstick.

      1. I’ve added it to my Blockbuster @Home queue, so it should be arriving any day now. Thanks for the recommendation!

        1. Let me know how it is, Jessica. I’m curious. It seems like a good movie. I wasn’t all that crazy about Neighbors. But, the acting was good. There was just something about it that made me not like it all that much.

      2. Sorry it took me so long to come back, but things have been hectic around my house. It’s a good thing I don’t have to worry about late fees because I just barely dusted off the copy of Continental Divide that I received a while ago. I knew I was to expect a romantic comedy, and I wasn’t disappointed. Belushi’s character is a hip reporter with witty one-liners who falls in love. He played the part well, but to be honest, the script wasn’t all that great. I still can’t help but believe that if Belushi were given the chance at a great dramatic script, he would’ve nailed it. I definitely liked this more than Neighbors.

  2. Thanks for the update Jessica! I’ll have to check out Continental Divide whenever I get a chance. I agree with you about Belushi. He would have had a great balance of dramatic and comedic roles, and would have been enjoyable to watch.

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