Chalk and cheese. Night and day. Aykroyd and Belushi were different in many ways. But it's precisely this that makes them so riveting as the Blues bros. Sarcastic and rough, their bantering keeps scenes zinging with energy.
“In a sense, of the two of us, John seemed to have the harder exterior, a more macho, male, harder thing going,” recalls Aykroyd of their differences, discussing Belushi’s tragic death just two years after the release of
“In reality, though, deep down, I'm the boulder, he was the softy. I might have been the one who was more accommodating and more open when you'd meet us, but I'm also the one with the controlled edge and the hardness.
“He was the soft innocent. And my edge and coldness kept me from those pursuits, whereas his softness and innocence made him vulnerable. To hide it, to close that up, he used drugs—as armour.”
For the two
alumni, it was an interesting situation they found themselves in.
“It was a unique situation where we had a lot of power based on the fact that John and Danny were the stars of the hottest TV show,” remembers John Landis.
“They had the hottest album, and John and I had made the hottest movie [Animal House]. They were very anxious to get the picture in theatres so we had a lot more power than usual.
“And it was, you know, we were able to make certain demands and get them. The studio certainly didn’t want James [
] and Aretha [
] and those guys. We just said, ‘But that’s who we want.’”