EXCLUSIVE: Actor Dan Aykroyd Talks 35th Anniversary of Cult Classic 'Ghostbusters'

Ameera Butt
June 07, 2019 - 11:59 am
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On Friday, comedian, writer, wine and spirits aficionado, and Oscar-nominated actor Dan Aykroyd sat down with In-Depth hosts Charles Feldman and Mike Simpson to talk about his vodka and his (possible) role in the new "Ghostbusters" remake set for release in 2020. 

Aykroyd is best known for the 1984 movie "Ghostbusters," with co-stars Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, and Harold Ramis -- the quirky group of parapsychologists who take down ghosts throughout New York City.  

Aykroyd joined KNX In-Depth for a special discussion on the 35th anniversary of the cult classic. He told the hosts that he and some of the other actors from the movie will be on-hand at the Ghostbusters Fan Fest presented by Wizard World in Culver City this weekend June 7 and 8.  Tickets are $150. 

"It's neat that it ("Ghostbusters") has endured and to have these people come and celebrate us, it's kind of humbling and gratifying," he said. "My great grandfather, Dr. Sam Aykroyd, who was into psychic research in the family from the very beginning would be very happy with what's going on with the exposure to this world."

Aykroyd says his family has always been into paranormal research and seances, adding that his father wrote a book called "History of Ghosts."

He joked there were "some surprises" when Mike Simpson asked if he would be in the upcoming 2020 Ghostbusters movie.

Actress Sigourney Weaver will reprise her role as a skeptic cellist in the upcoming 2020 Ghostbusters 3 movie. 

A decade ago, the actor's interests spilled into fine spirits as he co-founded Crystal Head Vodka with John Alexander in Canada. They entered the US marketplace in 2008. CHV has won the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition and the award-winning vodka is renowned for being filtered through Herkimer diamonds and contains no additives.

He explained the process of pouring the vodka over the Herkimer diamonds and where they can be found across the world. 

In 1983, Aykroyd became co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe with Isaac Tigrett, opening several U.S.outlets of the famous establishment; and ten years later, he co-founded the House of Blues.

Aykroyd made his mark with his legendary performances on "Saturday Night Live," and along with John Belushi, he took the 'Blues Brothers'' act on the road, turning it into a band (earning a Grammy nomination for an album he and Belushi recorded) and a made the 1980 movie by the same name.

He recalled how he recently watched the film with Quentin Tarantino and recalled his fond memories of his late friend, Belushi.

Not only was he hilarious spoofing American chef Julia Child, but his 'Weekend Update' sketches with Jane Curtin became storied in SNL history in the 1970s. Aykroyd joked he was also mimicking his mother and Julia Child --- who apparently loved the sketch. In a little known fact that Al Franken, with astute his comedic timing, was under the table, timing the blood spurts as  Aykroyd was bleeding all over the chicken. He went on to win an Emmy for his writing on the SNL episode starring Sissy Spacek.

Aykroyd stretched his skills with his more serious role as James Brown's agent in "Get on Up," and he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination  for the 1989 movie "Driving Miss Daisy."