Jim can currently be seen in the Amazon series “Good Girls Revolt,” about the female movement in the 1960s set to the backdrop of the publication boom in New York. The cast includes Anna Camp and Chris Diamatopolous. Lynda Obst produces with Dana Calvo. He will next be seen in the highly anticipated reboot of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” for Showtime.
His recent credits include the Lionsgate feature “The Whole Truth,” in which JIM stars opposite Keanu Reeves, Renee Zellweger and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Simon’s long awaited mini-series for HBO entitled, “Show Me a Hero,” opposite Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, Winona Ryder, Jon Bernthal and Alfred Molina for director Paul haggis. He also stars opposite Mereille Enos and Mary Steenburgen in Wayne Roberts’ beautiful film, “Katie Says Goodbye” which premiered at the 2016 Toronto Film Festival.
The first thing you need to know about Jim Belushi is that he’s a performer. Not an actor, not a comedian, not a singer, but a performer. Which is pretty much all those things put together and multiplied by two or five or something.
The second thing you need to know- and this is in some ways more important than the first thing- is that he has absolutely no shame. None. Zip. Zero.
Add those two things together and you have a pretty good working definition of that most indescribable of qualities known as presence. And, as anyone who’s spent two minutes with the guy knows, Jim’s got it. Big time.
So here’s this guy, this presence, disregarding any and all warning signs and diving into life headfirst. From the live stages of Second City and Saturday Night Live, to the soundstages of “About Last Night”, “K-9”, “Mr. Destiny”, “Return to Me,” and, most recently, starred in ABC TV’s comedy series “According to Jim”, he has taken everything life’s thrown at him and hit it out of the park. And, by the way, he’s been having a blast.
Speaking of “According to Jim”, the hit series happened to be very heavily influenced by the Sacred Hearts. Jim and the boys wrote and recorded the music for the show. So anyway, one day Dan Aykroyd asks him to join the Blues Brothers Band as Brother Zee- a possibly daunting proposition, even for Jim. Sure, he’d been on stage for years, but comedy and theatre is one thing (well, two things) but it’s not like he’d ever fronted a blues band before. However, in order to be completely shameless, one is required to be completely fearless, which Jim, of course, is, so he takes a beat, looks at Aykroyd and says the same thing he’s been saying all his life. “Yeah, what the hell…why not? Sounds like a whole lotta fun!”
So, to get ready to play with the Blues Brothers, Belushi crashes rehearsals of the House of Blues’ own band, The Sacred Hearts. He sits in with the band, laughing, acting, singing and dancing in a word- performing. As it turns out, Jim was right because those rehearsals were “a whole lotta fun.” It was so much fun in fact that for the last seven years the band has been Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts.
They’ve played for Al Gore, former Governor Gray Davis and many other politicos; Former President Clinton is a really big fan. They play all the House of Blues venues, all the casinos, many benefits and hundreds of corporate events for the Fortune 500 companies. Word on the street is if it’s going to be a tough audience, get Jim Belushi and the Sacred Hearts . . . the butt hasn’t been born that can stay in a chair through their first set.
For those who like their Rhythm & Blues seasoned with a lot ‘o soul with a Memphis sound, but who aren’t on the White House guest list, the music is now available on the band’s first CD, “36 x 22 x 36” (Platinum Records).