Jim Belushi Believes His Brother John Could Have Lived If He’d Had These 2 Alternatives

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jim Belushi Believes His Brother John Could Have Lived If He’d Had These 2 Alternatives

John Belushi rose to fame as one of many authentic solid members of Saturday Night Live and the films Animal House and The Blues Brothers. He died of a cocaine and heroine overdose in 1982. John’s brother, Jim Belushi, continues to be in present business and he’s launching a brand new actuality collection, Growing Belushi

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Jim Belushi spoke with The Hollywood Reporter for an article printed Aug. 19. Belushi spoke to THR concerning the circumstances that led to his brother’s demise. Growing Belushi, about Jim’s new marijuana farming business, airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on Discovery.

Jim Belushi needed to do a present when he heard John Belushi had died

Jim recalled the day John died. He was set to go on stage and the present needed to go on. 

“I was in the middle of a voice lesson at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago,” Belushi advised THR. “I used to be doing Pirates of Penzance, and a man within the field workplace was listening to the radio. And, he got here backstage and advised me he heard it, and I assumed it was just a few joke him and Danny [Aykroyd] have been doing. I went to the field workplace, I known as WBBM Radio, and the man mentioned, ‘I’m sorry, Jim.’ He learn it from the AP report, and that’s how I discovered. And then I went and did the present that evening.”

Jim Belushi needed to cope with his brother’s demise publicly

Jim transitioned from theater to movie, together with About Last Night based mostly on Sexual Pervisity in Chicago, which he’d carried out on stage. He had a profitable run of flicks within the ’80s and ’90s with Red Heat, Ok-9, Taking Care of Business, Mr. Destiny and extra. His sitcom, According to Jim, ran from 2001 – 2009, however he recollects the issue of being the surviving Belushi brother.

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“In our family, the most successful was the head,” he advised THR. “So it was like chopping the head off. It was like throwing a hand grenade into a family: The shrapnel hits everyone differently, rips us apart. And then to put the extra layer of notoriety around it just overwhelmed me.”

John Belushi might need lived if he had these two issues, his brother says

Jim advised THR he thinks if John had used marijuana as an alternative of more durable medicine, he might nonetheless be alive. He additionally thinks shifting to Los Angeles to make motion pictures (SNL was in New York), made John self-medicate extra.

“I don’t think John would have died in any other city,” he mentioned. “There is a loneliness that can prevail in Los Angeles, coupled with the unbelievable accessibility of everything.”

Jim Belushi nonetheless thinks concerning the medicine that killed John

In Growing Belushi, Jim travels the world to discover differeng marijuana vegetation. Traveling to Colombia, he sees Pablo Escobar’s cocoa fields. 

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“I wonder if the cocaine that was involved in my brother’s death came from one of these fields,” Jim says. “I wanted to get down in that coca field and pull it up from the roots and look at it in the eye and say, ‘Stop hurting people and families,’ If they could turn those fields into cannabis, those families could make their living farming, and they could make a plant that could heal people — spiritually, physically, emotionally.”

How to get assist: In the U.S., contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration helpline at 1-800-662-4357.

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