Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi and the making of The Blues Brothers.
“The film’s budget is $17.5 million, then an expensive proposition, particularly for a comedy. Or whatever it is. Nobody quite knows. There’s comedy and lots of it. There are car chases and crashing helicopters. But all of the above revolve around four giant song-and-dance numbers, each starring a different music giant: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Cab Calloway. Not to mention the performances by Jake and Elwood.
“‘You could tell there was confusion,’ Landis says. ‘I told some of the crew, “This is a musical.” They were so confused. They didn’t know what the fuck they were making.’
“By August, though, everyone knows one thing. The 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 hands and pockets. ‘Every blue-collar Joe wants his John Belushi story,’ says Smokey Wendell, who would soon become Belushi’s anti-drug bodyguard. ‘Every one of those guys wants to tell his friends, “I did blow with Belushi.”’”
The Perfect Dealer
Elizabeth Spiers • Gawker • Jan 2003
Customer feedback on the New York City coke dealing industry.
"’Safety is important to me, too,’ she adds. ‘It's definitely not “safety first,” but safety, maybe,fifth.’
“Quality is also a serious issue.
"’One time Guido was out of the country and he had somebody else covering his car. And [the guy] cut it so badly. You know he's just an addict, going around with all the coke in the world. I'm not saying I couldn't have all the cocaine in the world and not do it all. But that's really terrible."