Jim Belushi wanted to cover Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me to the Moon' with Tupac

Jim Belushi wanted to cover Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me to the Moon' with Tupac

 Jim Belushi's tweet about watching the sunrise with the late Tupac Shakur recently went viral:

People who loved that will really love a new anecdote from the Gang Related set Belushi shared with Entertainment Weekly:

"As prolific as he was as a musician, he had never really heard Frank Sinatra. So I brought him my The Golden Years CD and we listened to it in the trailer. When we hit 'Fly Me to the Moon,' I said to him, 'Come on, man, let's write a song.' We can do 'Fly Me to the Moon' with you rappin,' a blend with an old ballad and your style of rap.'

"He was so impressed by Sinatra. We worked on it in between scenes, and we were talking about it during that sunrise. But he later said, 'I can't do it.' And I was like, 'What do you mean you can't do it?' He said, 'It's too melodically beautiful to interrupt. There's just no way. It's too perfect of a song to mess with.' My response to him was, 'Well, now you get Frank, don'tcha?' We didn't get far into this project, but we toyed with the idea of collaborating. We entertained each other on the set."

Gang Related hit theaters Oct. 8, 1997, starred Belushi and Tupac as corrupt cops dealing with guilty consciouses, but it was one of two posthumous releases for Tupac, who had been murdered in a September 1996 drive-by shooting.

The iconic six-time Grammy-nominated rapper was just 25 years old.

Megan Armstrong (@megankarmstrong) is a writer with previous work appearing in places such as Billboard, Bleacher Report, GQ and others. She's most interested in writing about people and how they live their lives, through the framework of music, entertainment and sports.

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