A police buff, he rides an Ontario Provincial Police motercycle, collects police badges, sometimes rides shotgun with detectives in squad cars, and owns in partnership with several Toronto police officers... Holds an advisory commission with the police force in Payne City, Georgia... He has such a fascination with both police officers and criminals, one of the writers from the original "Saturday Night Live" said his ultimate fantasy was to commit a crime, then arrest himself for it.
He was born with syndactyly (webbed toes) and Heterochromia Iridium - the condition of having two-different colored eyes. In an interview with Terry Gross, he described himself as having Tourette syndrome that was successfully treated with therapy when he was a preteen, as well as Asperger's syndrome. The latter manifests itself in a fascination with police work, and Aykroyd carries a police badge at all times.
"They're not gonna catch us. We're on a mission from God!"
Aykroyd displays an encyclopedic knowledge of both physics and UFO history/culture, and bends thoughts and possibilities in ways only he could do, and at times with an uncomfortable (even to Dan!) sense of dark humor for which he is world renown. Who are they? What are they? Why are they here? How do they come and go? Are we their future lunch? Are they here to save us from ourselves? Or are we going to step right into the Twilight Zone and experience a cosmic hoodwink?
As one of the original stars of Saturday Night Live, Dan Aykroyd brought to life several classic sketches: the Coneheads, the Wild and Crazy Guys, and the Blues Brothers. He went on to star in a number of films, including Trading Places and The Blues Brothers, and was Oscar-nominated for his role in Driving Miss Daisy. We rebroadcast an interview from Nov. 22, 2004.