He handled his fame so well. You guys made the transition from that improvisational style and feel on the stage, which is always difficult to transfer to camera, but you guys found a way to do it. I’m reminded of last year’s documentary on your brother for Showtime, and the stories about growing up working for your dad in his diner. I happened to be doing Bal at the Goodman Theatre, a pretty high-status regional theater. What’s the future hold for the Blues Brothers?We are talking about it right now! That was the guy I was, but is that the guy I am today? What are you quitting for?” He said, “Jim, it’s like high school: Senior year, you’ve got to move on.” And I felt like I was in my sophomore year, and the second semester that year I finally got it. Penny was a good friend of mine, until she passed. Related

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Tags: You met Eddie Murphy on the set of Trading Places. Landis called me. When John and I worked for him, we were putting white tablecloths down. It’s not very good for relationships, but it’s been good for [the] career. I went to Second City. I went back to him with my tail between my legs. So many of the people we have mentioned — John Candy, John Hughes, your brother — did not get to be nearly as prolific. I’ve always been the guy that says, “Let’s try it!” I never turn gigs down. It was just an audition. Gilda was at Second City. And he did the best James Brown impression I’ve ever seen! We captured the hearts of America. But that was because Dick put me in my place, rightfully, and had the courage to do it. What happened was he shows up with a big hug and says, [John Candy voice] “Jimmy Belushi, this is your first show on the big Saturday Night Live! So I’ve been getting residuals from Trading Places till today. About Last Night opens on July 2; I got divorced on June 13. He was always a gentleman to me. and did a “Best of Second City” show at the Huntington Hartford Theatre. How is the binge-watch going?I watch them with my son. Your brother wants me to make sure you’re all right.”

You did Thief, which came out a year after Blues Brothers. Because it killed my brother.” He said, “I’m good, Jim. I almost got in! How do you get recommended for SNL?I went to L.A. I got sucked up into it. One of 2020’s few bright spots was seeing your request for anime recommendations go viral. The ideas, going back and forth, honing each beat. But I learned everything I do from the restaurant business. [Laughs.]

You shot Trading Places a few months after your brother died with a few of his main collaborators, Dan Aykroyd and John Landis. What was it like working with him?Charles Grodin was the comic actor’s actor. We have a ball. For example: It’s been over 15 months since the 67-year-old Belushi was last able to perform improv with his troupe, Board of Comedy. And the answer is nobody; they canceled it. Danny doesn’t like to do more than two shows in a row, so I’m not sure what kind of tour that would look like: Record new material, have a lot of guest stars. Improv isn’t something you turn on and off like a spigot. The great thing about working with him was he was relentless with details. This plant and this farm has shifted me. I understand the firing part, but how do you get rehired? I did one many, many years ago, My Neighbors the Yamadas. Jim Belushi. Penny Marshall directed Working Stiffs. It was the best thing to ever happen to me. Plus the more they did that, the more residuals you get. [Impersonating John:] “Take care of my brother, keep an eye on him.” So my first taping, she walks in with Rob Reiner: “Hello, I’m Penny. I was sitting on top of a mountain in Julian, California. I remember it was winter, because we kept getting shut down every weekend, so I got a month’s work out of it. But Hanks voted for About Last Night, and Jane Fonda voted for Salvador. How have you been able to stay afloat?There’s a lot of ignorance involved. Steeped in grief, depression. I came back; I begged [him] for forgiveness, and he put me on probation. I said to him, “Are you all right with all this? Your career spans five decades. I rapped on Saturday Night Live in 1983, man, I was doing Grandmaster Flash. Free food. So I split votes that whole year, and never got nominated. My dad’s little ranch. It’s your show, I’m here to help you.” Well, I’d like you to do Johnny LaRue. We had a really good time. He was a tough guy, and he started that way, but built up. Well, there was a shift in me. Following this plant has brought me where I’m supposed to be. Why join the show?I’d talked to John about it. You went to Second City. He was a huge star at that time, and he always took time with me — always sat with me, and joked with me, and considered every idea I gave him. Later Jumping Jack Flash. It was quiet for a second then he looked at me and said “I’m a thug, I prefer the sunrise.” I really don’t know what that means, but I still live by it to this day.— Cannabis Farmer: Jim Belushi (@JimBelushi) June 9, 2021

I am curious about your new role cultivating cannabis. I’m going to go see it. One gig led to another, led to another. I was on the outside. I want to do it because it’s a natural progression for a Second City actor.” He said, “Eh, you’re crazy.” I was a fan of the show. We once watched the sunrise together after a long night. We are presently talking with House of Blues about setting up a tour for next spring. Did you ever talk to John about making these two definitive Chicago movies? I was throwing a fire extinguisher at Dick Ebersol, a hissy fit. John called her, because I was on the Paramount lot. SNL is the hardest thing I ever did, and that’s including divorce. The vision in my mind is me sitting in the makeup chair and him next to me with pieces of paper with stuff that we’d written. Is this experience worlds away from this, or did it inform your approach today?By the way, the one thing they missed in that documentary: That’s how my father started. What made you want to get into the cannabis industry?I did some ayahuasca in Peru and had a trajectory change after that. I did it as something to grow on the farm. There must be something to that. Any anime fans out there? I always loved Studio Ghibli after I worked with them – however I don’t know much else. [Laughs.]

You have 93 acres on the Banana Belt in Oregon. He saw me in Second City and brought me for a show called Who’s Watching the Kids? I got my work ethic there, my detail work, my endurance working 14 hours a day on movies. So don’t give me any rap shit.” I did White Guy Rap for him, and he laughed his ass off. The real thing is — and it’s very good for acting — I’m very present. I wouldn’t have it any other way. In a conversation with Vulture, Belushi reflected on his experience being fired — then rehired — for Saturday Night Live, working with the likes of John Candy and Tupac Shakur, and more. He captured everything we learned onstage and about improvisation. If there’s anything you need, we will be watching you.” And, you know, you say those kinds of things, but these two men? I was out of my mind. Your Taking Care of Business co-star Charles Grodin recently died. We sat in a room with [Joe] Flaherty and a couple of the Second City guys and wrote all those sketches. It was a benefit to raise money for the John Belushi Scholarship Fund. They took really good care of me. I was like, Damn! Then I didn’t come back because Lorne [Michaels] came. What do you wanna do? It’s so notoriously cliquish. I’ve had five lives, and three wives. Then they brought me back the next year for Working Stiffs with Michael Keaton. [John and I] would watch the Bears game together on the phone. C’mon, some of you guys have to be nerds. And then, Salvador comes out. I survived it, barely. Everybody told me not to do it. He worked with Elaine May, who started the Second City with Mike Nichols. You were the first cast member to be fired, then rehired. He ended up owning three high-end steak houses. Is this your first experience owning a business?No, I’ve been in a couple of failed businesses. What is out there? Your first episode on SNL was with John Candy, and you were practically a co-host. John did four years and he quit. Got to hang out in a snowstorm in New York. I said, “I rapped before you were rapping! He was just blooming as an actor. When John died, at the funeral, John Candy and Dan Aykroyd separately came up to me, put their arms around me, and said, “Sorry for your loss. I hear it’s good.” He was too busy, man. You operate better with boundaries.”

Your movie run in 1986 is incredible. It is the latest chapter in a bending, twisty career that’s taken the self-described outsider from his initiation in Garry Marshall and John Hughes’s creative troupes to a string of auteur collaborations and inside the famed halls of 30 Rockefeller Center. He said: “I think Jim’s ready.” Dick listened to him because they were partners. Danny was at Second City. This just fell into my life, plant medicine. We would film it and make a little documentary on it. But, I just saw “Your Name” and it blew me away. Were you aware of his fame when he was cast?I cracked that fucking guy up, man. We were supposed to do the outdoor train scene on a Friday night in Jersey. Every weekend had a snowstorm in New York. No one will ever do that.” I said, “John, c’mon. They all got in, first show. I’ve done comedies and dramas and Broadway and improv shows and Blues Brothers. 1986 is a great year. So I got per diem and salary every week. I drop the ego, I got humble. Maybe that had something to do with it. I was a little bit childlike to work with him, like shooting baskets with Michael Jordan. I know you’ve called yourself an outsider, yet you did something like five movies with John Candy. And why not? Every time I watch the sunrise, I think of Tupac. Very simple: I was out of control. He’s nervous. Starbucks kicked him out for trying to hold this interview in its seating area; though pandemic restrictions here, as elsewhere, are beginning to ease, all is not yet back to normal. I stopped drinking the rest of that season. Despite this time away from the stage, Belushi has stayed busy. I ran into Tom Hanks and Jane Fonda, and they both voted for me for Supporting Actor. Oliver and Jimmy get nominated for Academy Awards. But it feels like there’s been a shift in recent years where you’re now perceived as this chill, cool guy. I thought all that was funny. “I feel like a dummy right now,” he says. Last August, Growing Belushi premiered on Discovery, chronicling his efforts with a burgeoning legal cannabis operation on his 93-acre farm along the Rogue River in southern Oregon. Fess up!— Cannabis Farmer: Jim Belushi (@JimBelushi) December 28, 2020

People may not realize it, but you cut your teeth on TV when Garry Marshall shows were dominating in the late ’70s.I am a part of the team. Thank you.” I’m so happy for him and his whole career. What was your crew at SNL? I said, “What the fuck, man? [Laughs.] Three children. Their first show is in four hours. It was fun. It’s a little ironic that Tupac started his film career with Dan Aykroyd in Nothing But Trouble, then it ended with you in Gang Related. You were on probation from freshman to senior year of high school. He called and flew me to New York. It was close to our heart because guys that we knew were the ones that created it. Sketches like the phone-booth confessional, and the men behind bars piece, are those things you brought with you from Second City?That was all John! Garry Marshall was the one that started it. They meant it. She welcomed me into Hollywood. What do you make of that?I love it. Believe it or not, in the last two days, I’ve realized something: I’ve always been on the outside. All Johnny, Johnny loving me. Everybody in the business came, and [NBC exec] Brandon Tartikoff saw me in the show, called [former SNL executive producer] Dick Ebersol, and told him to put me in [SNL]. Well, Danny and John [Candy] are my brothers. Super pro. Photo: Tyler Maddox

Jim Belushi is perched on a shoeshine stand near his hotel in downtown Philadelphia. “You see Thief yet?” He kept saying, “Nah nah, not yet. Which meant my career took off and she didn’t get half. There was a period where shows like Family Guy or The Simpsons made the “Jim Belushi joke.” The easy joke. Was it the same relationship when you’re on SNL?Let me tell you something about Eddie Murphy: He is one of the nicest men I’ve ever worked with. So I wanted to be there too. How do you get cast in the first place?1980. My wife at the time said, “You thrive on probation. He said, “Why would you want to be on Saturday Night Live?