Belushi and his best pal Dan Aykroyd began filming the now-classic musical comedy in July, 1979, but as Vanity Fair writer Ned Zeman reveals in a new expose, the tragic star was so hooked on cocaine, the project almost never got made.
The writer explains, "Production is falling behind, and fast, and the trend is largely attributable to Belushi, who stays out until all hours. Usually he can be found at his speakeasy. Sometimes he can't be found at all. Except by cocaine, which finds him everywhere. Friends, fans, and hangers-on literally throw it at him. They slip vials into his bands and pockets.
"Weeks went by, but things only got worse, prompting studio boss Ned Tanen to nearly pull the plug on the movie due to the high cost of production delays caused by Belushi's benders."
The piece continues, "He (Belushi) has become a blessed wreck, thanks mostly to his spiraling (and ultimately lethal) addiction to cocaine. On days when coke gets the best of Belushi, production stalls. And when production stalls, money burns... Tanen's options are none. They can't use a double... Nobody can double Belushi. They can't shut down production and wait for Belushi to go through rehab. Belushi won't go. Even if he does go, the ensuing costs and media madness (would be catastrophic)."
And director John Landis recalls it was a miracle the actor, who died of an accidental drug overdose only two years after The Blues Brothers was released, lived long enough to see the film through: "John was f**ked up... It became a battle to keep him alive and keep him working on the movie."
The former Cheers star dabbled with the drug during her youth, but vowed to give it up for good after continuously fearing for her health each time she got high.
During an interview with U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, she says, "I thought I was going to overdose almost every time. I would snort the coke, then I would sit there, I'd take my pulse (thinking), 'I'm dying, I'm dying, I'm dying.'"
The 61 year old later enrolled in a Church of Scientology-affiliated treatment programme and read the organisation's self-help guidebook Dianetics - and Alley insists the work and the religion's principles saved her life.
She adds, "Somehow I got through (the book), and I thought 'Either (Scientology) is the world's biggest scam or... this is how I am going to get rid of this hideous compulsion."
The Confessions of a Shopaholic star plays a cocaine user hooked on partying in her upcoming film Bachelorette, and Fisher admits she was forced to heavily research the role since she never had any experience with drugs.
But the 36 year old's concerns about taking on the part came as a surprise to her pals, who assumed the busy mother of two was relying on illegal stimulants to get her through the day.
Fisher tells Eonline.com, "It's hilarious for me because I've never done coke. When I got the job, I was like, 'How am I going to wing this? I don't have any experience.'
"I asked a few friends what it's like being on coke and they said, 'We thought you were always on coke!' It turns out... because I speak so quickly, people always thought I was doing it! I've never even seen it."
The Hangover star's sordid past came back to haunt him as he filmed what has become Whitney Houston's final film - he was once a hoodlum in Indiana.
He tells WENN, "It was so poetic about me being in Detroit playing this role because the devil was working. I was running into old friends that I got high with. I had a perm on my head, I had an apartment on the water away from the rest of the cast like I was a real pimp.
"My apartment was set up like a 1970s apartment and nobody on the set knew I was doing that but me. I did everything but the coke because I knew I had to get up and work.
"It was hard because my wife hated me the whole time I was playing that role because it was all over me. She would come in the house and say, 'Why did I marry you? You're f**king crazy!'"
And Epps admits that when the shoot was over he had to "talk to somebody" to shake off the character.
He adds, "What I've been through ain't no fluffy s**t (sic). It's pain. It's s**t that I hide because I'm in a fluffy business and I make people laugh."
Paul admits he was put off hard drugs of all kinds as he watched his ex struggle with her issues.
He tells the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine, "It went from coke and then it escalated to meth. Meth is the one that grabbed, like, nails-deep into her soul and slowly just ripped it out. She was this beautiful being, turned to this hollow shell."
The actor insists he's against all drugs, except marijuana, which he uses as a painkiller - because he refuses to pop pills.
Paul, who owns a medical marijuana card, explains, "If I go to the dentist, I'll get an eighth. I am against pills. I don't even take Advil. I think pot 100 per cent should be legalised."
Prolonged calorie deprivation does funny things to a person's psyche. And apparently, it's eaten away at the filter between Karl Lagerfeld's brain and mouth.
The outspoken Chanel designer is known for his way-too-honest assessments of celebrities, including calling Adele fat and Heidi Klum a "nobody."
Now, his latest random target? Pippa Middleton.
He recently said, "Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back." Ouch. Tell us how you really feel, Karl.
But don't feel bad, Pippa. Karl hates lots of things. Including...
In 2009, the bristly designer defended using fur in his fashion collections, telling the BBC that hunters are simply “killing those beasts who would kill us if they could.” Watch out for those crazy rabid minks, everyone!
2. Food and Water
"I drink Diet Coke from the minute I get up to the minute I go to bed," he told Harper's Bazaar. "I can even drink it in the middle of the night, and I can sleep. I don't drink coffee, I don't drink tea, I drink nothing else." Lagerfeld also dropped an incredible 90 pounds in one year using his famous Karl Lagerfeld Diet which has followers consuming a mere 800 to 900 calories for the first brutal phase.
3. His Hands
Lagerfeld famously owns more gloves than Madonna, Michael Jackson and OJ.
4. Ugly Children
In Interview magazine, he chatted with former French Vogueeditor Carine Roitfeld and complimented her (we think?) about her children, while b**ch-slapping kids around the world at the same time. Karl comments: "You're also lucky because they are very beautiful. It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter.”
5. Anything That Is Not Karl
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American Idol is getting a facelift and then some.
While the series clearly knows it’s dead in the water without host Ryan Seacrest, who signed a deal in April to stay on for two more seasons, the judges’ table is a whole other matter. When word circulated that Jennifer Lopez had no plans to return to the judging table for Season 12, the mystery of her replacement was the next hot topic. And now, sources reveal to E! that Fox has got Idol alum Adam Lambert in its crosshairs and that the fate of both Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler is still in question. (A rep from Fox could not be reached for comment.)
While rumors swirl of vacant seats and former Idols as judges, something is stirred in an Idol fan. If the series is changing and former contestants are being looked to as experts, who else could fill those illustrious, Coke-sponsored seats?
The Shoe-In: Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson already became a traitor when she took a judging post on ABC’s low-rated singing competition Duets, but she may have a chance to make it right by taking a seat at the Idol table. And whose advice are you really going to listen to? The girl who actually made it through every round on the series or a guy whose feedback consists of made-up words and colorful variations on the phrase “you’re beautiful”? (Sorry, Steven.)
The Reassurance: Jennifer Hudson
When it comes time to watch those top 10 contestants sing for their lives, it seems like everything depends on staying on that stage as long as possible. The cut feels like a severed tether to each contestants’ dreams, but one woman in particular knows that’s not true. J.Hud. famously became a 7th place finisher during Season 3, but the woman went on to win an Oscar and was chosen to deliver a heartfelt tribute to the late Whitney Houston at the 2012 Grammys. She knows that Idol is a launching pad, but it’s not the end of the world. It might be refreshing to have that sort of perspective for once.
The Fork in ‘er: Heejun Han
In recent years, the judging panel has become more like a table of sparkly yahoos, doing their best to utter the most quotable quote, regardless of how knowledgeable said commentary was. Was it helpful? Hell to the no. Did it make me laugh so hard that my beer came out of my nose? Absolutely. If Idol decides to throw in the towel and give into the fact that the judges are increasingly used as entertaining bookends instead of actual help an commentary (that’s what Jimmy Iovine is for), they may as well throw Season 11’s class clown up there. His musical numbers may have been snoozeville, but that kid gave Chris Sligh a run for his money.
The Jessica Simpson Effect: Kellie Pickler
It worked for Newlyweds so perhaps it could work for Idol too. Pickler’s “sal-mon” heard ‘round the world wasn’t quite as ubiquitous as Simpson’s Chicken of the Sea debacle (did she ever learn if it was chicken or fish?). But you have to bet there’s a lot more where that came from. Appointing Pickler would be a move along the lines of placing Heejun Han on the panel, and while her ditzy moments are entertaining, exploiting her… let’s call them “tendencies” for such purposes could bring about the decline of civilization. Just sayin’.
The Heart-warmer: Jordin Sparks
Jordin Sparks isn’t the colossal success that your Kelly Clarksons and Carrie Underwoods are, but the Season 6 winner has certainly found her place in the music industry. She struggled with her body image as well as the ability to stay on the charts after her mega hit “No Air” with Chris Brown became (at the time) the best-selling post-Idol single ever. Her genuine manner is what won her America’s hearts in the first place, and as a judge, she can occupy that space of kindness and tough love because she understands what feels like to be at each point of the process.
The Loose and Wacky Jazz Man: Casey Abrams
If we lose Steven Tyler and his scatting, meandering commentary, it might behoove Idol to find a real jazz man (or at least a younger model) who might be able to handle the more free-spirited side of the commentary. Casey was often chastised, by judges and fans alike, for going too off the rails, so he might have some perspective on how to better channel that creative energy to avoid getting the axe.
The Cautionary Tale: Lee DeWyze
Can we all just agree that Season 9 was the worst? Okay. Now that we’ve got that sorted, who’d be better to scare these green contestants with tales of the cruelty of the music industry than that season’s winner Lee Dwyze? He could perhaps impart a little humility on these kids and remind them that a glitter shower during the finale does not equal instant success. Dads everywhere will appreciate the no-nonsense tone and the message that success is earned, not given like a shiny, little present. Realism: that’s definitely what Idol needs.
What former contestant would you choose to judge?
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The actor admits he flushed his stash of weed down the toilet when his young daughter started realising that daddy smelled a little funny after his relaxation time - and vowed never to pick up the habit again.
Promoting the film on U.S. late-night show Conan, Wahlberg explains, "My wife was driving with my daughter in the car... and my daughter was like, 'Mummy, what's that smell?' and she was like, 'Oh, that's a skunk.' And she goes, 'Oh, daddy smells like that all the time.'
"My wife told me that and I was like, 'OK, I'm not even gonna call my friends, I'm just flushing it (weed) down the toilet' - because I don't wanna ever have to have that discussion.
"I never missed it at all until Ted, who is basically this pot-smoking, coke-sniffing, hooker-banging teddy bear, who is a really bad influence on me."
It’s official. We’re all old. Today, June 11, is the 10th anniversary of American Idol, which means the series is basically the age of a precocious, articulate child. (Are you ready for the pre-teen years, Nigel Lythgoe?) In honor of the series that has surprised, delighted, entertained, and enraged us for the past 10 years, we’ve compiled the show’s best, worst, and WTF moments. But listing the series’ best performances would be too easy. Instead, we've decided to look back at the non-musical moments — after all, we can't forget the outrageous fights, falls, and outfits meriting a slack-jawed double-take. These are the non-competition-based moments you probably forgot (and many that you’re still trying to).
Thanks for 10 entertaining, perplexing years (and Season 9), Idol!
Best of the Best
Kelly Clarkson’s Finale Breakdown with Nikki McKibbin and Tamyra Gray: This adorable break of emotion follows what is still the best finale moment of the series (no winner’s single can beat “A Moment Like This”), but the best part was when Clarkson couldn’t manage the final line due to an overwhelming wave of emotion. And when Nikki and Tamyra joined her in a group hug and helped their girl out (Nikki perhaps a bit too much), it truly felt like an expression of family, instead of cutthroat competition.
Ruben Studdard Earns a Nickname: “The Velvet Teddy Bear”
Juanita Barber Gets Testy With Simon: She was wrong. So totally wrong. But man, did it feel good to see some dish it back to King of Mean, Simon Cowell.
Season 5’s Ayla Brown Gets Famous Again When Scott Brown Tells the World She’s “Available”: Hey, thank God her Idol fame came back into the spotlight, or she’d have to settle for just being Brown’s “available” daughter. No one wants to be famous for being pimped out by your politician father.
Sanjaya’s Ponk Hawk: There are no words for this glorious incident. Only video.
Anthony Fedorov’s Transformation: He showed up looking like Revenge of the Nerds: R&B Adventure, but by the end of his Season 4 run, he looked more like a back-up Nick Carter. How this prepared him for his future role as Jesus Christ: Superstar, remains a mystery.
Chris Sligh’s Inspiration for Auditioning Was “To Make David Hasselhoff Cry”: This guy, he’s got jokes. And that one was a classic.
Queen Couldn’t Stand Ace Young’s “We Will Rock You” Either: In rehearsals, Brian May tells Young, "I will not do that to my song," when the contestant asks if he could spice up its beats. There’s nothing quite like the vindication of knowing a legendary rock band agrees with you.
Phil Stacey’s Helluva Day: In the same day, Phil Stacey wowed the judging panel in his audition, walked away with a golden ticket, and became a father.
Kelly Pickler’s Wealth of Ditzy One-Liners: The Season 7 contestant never failed to make us laugh, even if she wasn’t sure why. From the mind-boggling “What’s a ballsy?” to the classic “I had salmon,” Miss Pickler regularly had us in stiches.
Idol Gives Back Gives Us a Good Laugh: Idol Gives Back gave us back a little hope after a dreadful Season 9 in the form of some giggles. Russell Brand and Jonah Hill attempted to make us laugh with their cross-promotional Get Him to the Greek mumbo jumbo, but it was Wanda Sykes grilling Simon that really did the trick. Plus, let us take hilarious note of Tim Urban’s ditzy moment at the 1:20 mark.
Kara and Paula Give Bikini Girl a Piece of Their Minds: The bobble-headed Bikini Girl of Season 8 has become infamous. Not only did she attempt to set women-kind back about a 100 years with her sexist stunt of an audition, but she just wasn’t that great. Leave it to the ladies, Kara and Paula, to show her what real singing sounds like… even if it did descend into the madness of a giggly screechfest.
Screechfest Part Deux: Katy Perry vs. Kara: We all knew it was almost time for Kara to take a hike, and Katy Perry was the perfect sassy lady to help her in the right direction (and throw a coke in her face).
Scotty McCreery Apologizes For Bullying Jacee Badeaux: During the Season 10 auditions, the poor 15-year-old was left without a group mere hours before group performances and no one would have the youngster. The little guy spent most of the night crying until he finally found a group, but the real tender moment came when future winner Scotty McCreery took to the stage to deliver a sincere apology for adding to the kid’s terror.
Heejun Han “Talks a Lot of Craps” About Richie The Cowboy: Best. Group Week Fight. Ever. Oh, Heejun, you need a sitcom. It was hilarious watching Richie push Heejun’s every button and hearing Heejun’s annoyed responses about “hating all cowboys… even the Dallas cowboys,” but his “apology” took the cake:
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Ryan Starr’s Mind-Boggling Wardrobe: Note to future Idol contestants: Try not to look like you’re hoping to be America’s Next Singing Gladiator when you’re on that very public stage.
Clay Aiken. Singing a Grease Song. In a red leather jacket: Song choice aside, let us analyze this ridiculous get-up. Dear Clay, this was about as tough as a teddy bear in a gladiator costume. Sorry, Clay, but Tim Gunn would not approve.
William Hung Followed Up His Idol Audition With “Success”: And by that, we mean some very “discerning” consumers paid money for his “album.”
Elton John Called Voting “Racist” When Jennifer Hudson and LaToya London Were Eliminated: There’s just one small issue with Sir John’s argument. That same season, Fantasia Barrino took home the Idol title.
Jonathan Rey Throws Water at Simon: This angry auditioner didn’t like what Cowell had to say (either that or he was just as curious about what was in that mysterious Coke cup) and he upended Simon’s Coca-Cola Chalice all over the cranky judge.
The Brittenum Twins Break the Law Before Showtime: After making it through Hollywood week, these singing twins threw it all away when they were busted for identity theft and were removed from the show. Idol says: Crime Doesn’t Pay.
Season 6’s Jared Cotter Dedicates “Let’s Get It On” To His Parents: Yes, you should always thank your parents. But maybe, just maybe, check the words of the song you’re about to sing before you dedicate a sex anthem to mommy and daddy. It’s just a thought.
Danny Noriega Nabs Himself a Catchphrase: Too bad “I guess they weren’t likin' it” wasn’t what America was looking for in an Idol.
Simon Tells Ryan to “Come Out Already”: These two were constantly in hot water for their homophobic banter, but this cantankerous reply from Simon Cowell took the cake. It’s one of those things we wish we could forget, but unfortunately, it’s on YouTube.
Kristy Lee Cook Gets a Little Bold With Simon: There’s defending yourself, and then there’s sticking your foot in your mouth. Guess which one describes Kristy…
Ryan Tries to Hive-Five Scott MacIntyre: Hey Seacrest, let’s try to not grab a blind guy’s hand and force him to high five you. That’s not awkward at all.
Everything Siobhan Magnus Ever Wore: She may have had a set of pipes for days, but Siobhan consistently looked like she walked into a closet covered in glue and wore whatever managed to attach itself to her sticky figure.
Kara Picks a Fight With a Guy Who's Clearly Screwing With Her: Part of the deal for an American Idol judge is putting up with the obviously fabricated characters the producers throw at them, but usually, the judges seem to be in on the game. Kara didn't quite get that concept, especially when the handsome and terribly annoying Andrew Fenlon waltzed into the audition room.
Casey James’ Creepy Audition: Yes, Kara, you had to endure Bikini Girl, but please don’t turn what should be an innocent audition into your wild, uncomfortable fantasy. We don’t want to join you in that apparently dark place.
Jennifer Lopez Cries for Chris Medina: When the judges had to eliminate Season 10 hopeful Chris Medina, despite his incredible tear-jerker of a love story, we understood Jennifer's pain. Her drama taking up the majority of the camera time, however...
Jermaine Jones is Chastized and DQ’ed on National Television: It’s understandable that the Idol producers would like to make sure they explained Jones’ sudden departure, especially after the media broke the story before his last episode could air, but this “interview” was just cruel and unusual. It’s one thing to have your past indiscretions aired all over the media, but it’s completely another to have your past indiscretions explained to you like you’re a child in front of 14 million people.
The Birth of Randy’s “Yo” Pin: Season 11 saw Randy’s favorite accessory come out to compete against Steven Tyler’s scarf collection and Jennifer Lopez’ hair. There’s just one snag with his little plan: “Yo” is not a catchphrase, my friend.
What’s you favorite – or least favorite – non-musical Idol moment?
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