‘Belushi’: Dan Aykroyd Actually Wrote ‘Ghostbusters’ for John Belushi

by Jeremy Spirogis
Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson (background), and Bill Murray

Before comic John Belushi died, shut friend and comic Dan Aykroyd was crafting a script for the 2 of them, and he hoped Belushi can be his co-star. The script was Ghostbusters, which grew to become an American comedy traditional.

Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson (background), and Bill Murray
Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson (background), and Bill Murray | Columbia Pictures/Getty Images

Unfortunately, Belushi didn’t dwell to star within the movie. Instead, Ghostbusters starred Aykroyd, together with Harold Ramis and Bill Murray. Ramis recalled how the movie was forward of the “paranormal” curve, which Hollywood finally embraced.

“No one had done it,” Ramis advised Psychology Today in 1996 in regards to the groundbreaking nature of the movie. “I don’t love to do issues that I really feel like rye seen earlier than. Dan had written Ghostbusters for himself and John Belushi. When he wrote it, it was actually on the market, the paranormal factor. But one of the best factor about it, I believed, was the mundane edge it had; that the place I believed the comedy needed to go. I performed extra to the science of it.”

John Belushi nonetheless made it on display

Belushi was imagined to tackle the position of Peter Venkman within the movie, which was in the end crammed by Bill Murray. Although Belushi had died, particular results designer, Steve Johnson advised Bloody Disgusting that Belushi was an inspiration behind “Slimer.”

“That was the most annoying horrendous experience I’ve ever had working with art directors, producers, and directors, ever,” Johnson recounted. “In the beginning, they asked for a ‘smile with arms’ but before I knew it, it was a goddamn bleeding nightmare. ‘Give him 13 percent more pathos, put ears on him, take his ears off, less pathos, more pathos, make his nose bigger, now his nose is too big, make his nose smaller. Make him more cartoony, make him less cartoony.’ I almost f**king severed my own head during that process.”

A hologram of 'Slimer' poses for a photo in the Mercado Lobby inside Madame Tussauds New York A hologram of 'Slimer' poses for a photo in the Mercado Lobby inside Madame Tussauds New York
A hologram of ‘Slimer’ poses for a photograph within the Mercado Lobby inside Madame Tussauds New York | Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Madame Tussauds

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Johnson then conjured Belushi’s picture throughout a drug-fueled second. “So I pulled out a stack of headshots of John Belushi, poured a gram of cocaine on it and started chopping lines up,” he mentioned. Johnson believes Belushi’s ghost arrived to offer him inspiration and inform him to cease doing medicine.

Eddie Murphy was additionally imagined to be in ‘Ghostbusters’

Ghostbusters was additionally supposed to incorporate comic Eddie Murphy, who’s star was shortly rising on the time. “I wrote it for Eddie Murphy,” Aykroyd mentioned within the Netflix collection The Movies That Made Us. “It was me, John Belushi, and Eddie Murphy. We were supposed to be the original Ghostbusters.”

Aykroyd apparently pitched the movie to Murphy on the set of Trading Places. Murphy was reportedly skeptical in regards to the position on the time. But Belushi’s premature demise modified the trajectory of the movie. “The morning that John died I was typing a line out for him,” Aykroyd mentioned. “I got the call that he had gone, so even though he wasn’t there anymore I finished the movie.”

Circa 1975, Stills from sketches from the 1975-84 seasons of the television show 'Saturday Night Live.' Top, left to right: Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Gilda Radner (1946 - 1989), Bill Murray; and bottom Jane Curtain, Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, John Belushi and Joe Piscopo Circa 1975, Stills from sketches from the 1975-84 seasons of the television show 'Saturday Night Live.' Top, left to right: Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Gilda Radner (1946 - 1989), Bill Murray; and bottom Jane Curtain, Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, John Belushi and Joe Piscopo
Circa 1975, Stills from sketches from the 1975-84 seasons of the tv present ‘Saturday Night Live.’ Top, left to proper: Chevy Chase, Eddie Murphy, Gilda Radner (1946 – 1989), Bill Murray; and backside Jane Curtain, Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman, John Belushi and Joe Piscopo | NBC Television/Getty Images

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In truth, the observe to incorporate Belushi within the movie as “Slimer” got here from Ramis and Aykroyd. “The night time earlier than (Slimer) was meant to be accredited, all of the executives have been coming by the following morning to log out on him, I get a observe saying ‘He’s gotta appear to be John Belushi.’ His buddies Harold (Ramis) and Dan determined this was a strategy to hold him within the film as a slobby, obnoxious ghost-like his Bluto character in Animal House,” Johnson shared. “And that’s exactly what it was but I’m thinking ‘It’s a smile with arms, how am I going to get this to look like John Belushi?’”

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