Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Film Where Dan Aykroyd Fell In Love

If you are wracking your brain trying to figure out which movie this happens in you can stop. I'm talking about the real Dan Aykroyd falling in love while working on a film. As most of us know, Aykroyd is married to Donna Dixon. Judging from the picture on the left, she's still quite attractive but during the early 80s she was SMOKING HOT!!!!!! In a tale told a thousand times in the world of Hollywood films, the two unlikely lovers met on the set of a film that they were both working on. She was playing a hooker and he was playing the cliched "Nutty Professor" type who eventually becomes her pimp. If you haven't guessed it by now, I'm talking about "Doctor Detroit". I haven't seen this film in at least a decade but as a pre-pubescent I loved it! I watched it nearly every time it was on HBO and back then, HBO used to play the same movies at least 3 times in one day. Dan Aykroyd was a comedy king at that time and I truly believe that film companies just gave him carte blanche to do what he wanted. Until this movie hit theaters and bombed miserably. That may explain why, at the end of the film, there is a promise of "Doctor Detroit II: The Wrath of Mom". Aykroyd had been working on the script and had a go ahead to do the film. Then the box office returns came in and Universal pulled the plug. One thing that stuck out in the film, at least to me, was the music. It was quite the combination of genres that included new wave, soul and 80s pop. The new wave came courtesy of DEVO and the soul came courtesy of the mighty, James Brown, who also had a cameo in the film. Some of the 80s pop featured the star and writer of the film himself. Though not even close to what he musically pulled off with the Blues Brothers, Aykroyd's tracks aren't that bad (with the exception being a rap attempt where he is in character - that's just plain awful). Anyway, here is the soundtrack from that early 80s bit of cinema. Here is "Doctor Detroit". Enjoy!

Doctor Detroit OST

One last note: An interesting fact that connects this film to the classic Blues Brothers is an Illinois license plate on Dan Aykroyd's car. It reads BDR-529. This is the same plate that was on the Bluesmobile in The Blues Brothers


Rick said...

Maybe over the years it made his money back. If so maybe they would be interested in the sequel again. But probably not.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! After all these years, I still love this movie.

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