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Hollywood Curses

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'Atuk' Affliction

Don't recognize the movie title "Atuk?" Don't worry, the film was never made. Hollywood legend says that the never-made movie is cursed, as proven by the unexpected deaths of several major actors considering taking part in the film, including John Belushi. Belushi finished reading the script in 1982 and was reportedly excited about playing the main character. He was found dead of a drug overdose weeks later.

Sam Kinison accepted the role in 1988 but production was halted when the actor walked out on the movie and sued the production company. He died in a car crash before the situation was resolved. John Candy was then approached for the role of Atuk in 1994, but died of a heart attack while the script was in his possession.

Speaking of the script…writer Michael O'Donoghue, a friend of Belushi and Kinison, read "Atuk" at the request of his buds. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1994.

The most recent victim on the curse is Chris Farley, who was offered and accepted the role in 1997, the same year of his sudden death. Rumor also has it that Farley showed the script to "SNL" pal Phil Hartman, who was murdered by his wife soon after. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff

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