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Random Facts And Theories About 'Atuk,' A Cursed Script That Killed Every Actor Attached

  • It Took Candy's Friend, Too on Random Facts And Theories About 'Atuk,' A Cursed Script That Killed Every Actor Attached

    (#4) It Took Candy's Friend, Too

    It's widely known that John Candy was in poor health when he passed. But what prompts many to credit the Atuk curse for his passing is that, just a few months later, Candy's friend and screenwriter Michael O'Donoghue was felled unexpectedly of a cerebral hemorrhage. O'Donoghue, according to various accounts, had either given the script to Candy or read it along with him.

  • It Caused Chris Farley's Demise on Random Facts And Theories About 'Atuk,' A Cursed Script That Killed Every Actor Attached

    (#5) It Caused Chris Farley's Demise

    Chris Farley was next in line for the role of Atuk. Apparently unfazed by whispers of a curse, Farley was vocal about his excitement for the script and some say he was on the verge of accepting the role before he passed in 1997. It was reminiscent of Belushi's demise, as an OD in Chicago's John Hancock Center claimed the funnyman's life.

  • It Gave John Candy Heart Issues on Random Facts And Theories About 'Atuk,' A Cursed Script That Killed Every Actor Attached

    (#3) It Gave John Candy Heart Issues

    In 1994, just two years after the passing of Kinison, character actor extraordinaire John Candy was approached to take the lead in Atuk. Candy apparently expressed interest, but a heart attack claimed his life before he could make a decision.

  • It Orchestrated Phil Hartman's Termination on Random Facts And Theories About 'Atuk,' A Cursed Script That Killed Every Actor Attached

    (#6) It Orchestrated Phil Hartman's Termination

    This connection is unverified, but several sources claim that Chris Farley shared Atuk with fellow comedian Phil Hartman. Hartman, tragically, was slain by his wife just months after Farley's passing. Reportedly, Hartman wasn't up for the Atuk role, but a supporting part in the film.

  • 'Atuk' Isn't The Only Cursed Screenplay on Random Facts And Theories About 'Atuk,' A Cursed Script That Killed Every Actor Attached

    (#8) 'Atuk' Isn't The Only Cursed Screenplay

    Chris Farley, John Candy, and John Belushi have something else in common: They were all considered for the role of Ignatius J. Reilly, the boisterous main character in A Confederacy of Dunces. The screenplay, adapted from John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, has been in development since 1980. As in the case of Atuk, the project remains on the shelf.

  • The Screenplay Carries A Book Curse on Random Facts And Theories About 'Atuk,' A Cursed Script That Killed Every Actor Attached

    (#7) The Screenplay Carries A Book Curse

    When discussing the Atuk phenomenon, some reference "book curses." Popular in medieval times, book curses inflicted utter ruin on anyone who stole an important tome or document from its intended owner.

    Considering John Belushi, the ostensible "original owner" of Atuk, passed before making the film, could the curse of Atuk be a book curse? The role was written specifically for him, after all.

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In fact, Atuk is the name of an unfilmed American film screenplay and based on the novel The Incomparable Atuk in 1963, by Canadian author Mordecai Richler. Over the years, many Hollywood film studios have shown interest in this film, but it remains unfilled. There are some rumors claim that a curse has killed all the actors who have shown in the movie. 

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