'Atuk' One of the longest-lived urban legends in Hollywood is the one surrounding the comedy screenplay "Atuk," based on the novel "The Incomparable Atuk," about an Eskimo warrior trying to adapt to life in the big city. John Belushi was originally interested in starring in the film when he died of a drug overdose in 1982. Then comedian Sam Kinison took the role and filming had started when financing problems caused the production to shut down. Kinison died years later in a 1992 automobile accident. John Candy was the next person to be considered for the role and was actively considering it when he died of a heart attack in 1994. Then the script came to Chris Farley, who was about to accept the role when he died of a drug overdose in 1997.
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