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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: