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'Belushi' explores the comic's career through those who knew him best

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

John Belushi. Photo Credit: Richard McCaffrey/Courtesy of SHOWTIME.

Culled from an extraordinary collection of audiotaped interviews, "Belushi" turns out to be a lot more than just another documentary look at a star who succumbed to drug abuse.

(CNN)Culled from an extraordinary collection of audiotaped interviews, "Belushi" turns out to be a lot more than just another look at a star who succumbed to drug abuse, but rather a celebration of John Belushi's talent -- and an era -- as recalled by those who knew him best.

R. J. Cutler's documentary has its melancholy moments, but from the opening glimpse of Belushi's "Saturday Night Live" audition video, it surely won't give you the blues.

Not surprisingly, the best portion centers on Belushi breaking into the comedy world through National Lampoon and Second City, coming up with an extraordinary collection of talent that eventually found a home on "Saturday Night Live" in the mid-1970s.

Belushi ascended to the "alpha" role when Chase left, but his early brushes with stardom only heightened an awareness of his excesses when it came to drug abuse.

The late Carrie Fisher -- who struggled with her own addiction, and co-starred in the "Blues Brothers" movie -- speaks of the toll fame can exact, saying, "Once you have that kind of television fame, you belong to people," and that after the initial rush of euphoria, Belushi came to feel "more hunted by it. "

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