Dan Aykroyd To Kate Waterhouse: ‘I’m A Hermitic Canadian’

Dan Aykroyd

Dan Aykroyd has been in the news lately promoting his vodka brand, Crystal Head, in Australia. He met up with Kate Waterhouse for a date at the esteemed Nomad Restaurant in Surrey Hills.

Dan and Kate chatted over some delicious snapper tartare and a few glasses of Aykroyd’s own Crystal Head vodka and Martini. She spoke to the Ghostbuster and Blues Brother about himself and his career.

Among other things discussed on the “date”, Kate Waterhouse asked Dan Aykroyd about how he prepares for movie roles, why he likes his private island – which he goes to for peace and quiet – and his aspirations to work with Baz Luhrmann.

Here are some questions and answers from the Aykroyd/Waterhouse date:

Have you been to Australia before?

This is my first time. I’m a hermitic Canadian so I don’t go too far from home.

How do you prepare for a role?

I am of the school of coming in the make-up chair in the morning and learning the script then, because if I learn it the night before I am going to be running it in my head, and it’s best to do it cold for the director and let him or her tune the performance. So I don’t do much preparation at all.

Do you do anything to get into the character?

Not really. I am not that school at all. I turn it on and off – and maybe the work shows that! (Laughs.)

How do you cope with being recognised around the world?

When people come up to me and it’s their special moment, I want to make it special for them. It’s almost like you are a faith healer and you want to give your energy to them. And you know, I like people, so it’s not a problem for me.

What is the funniest rumour you have read about yourself?

When Donna and I were married there was a piece in The [National] Enquirer that [said] I took her to [John Belushi’s] grave, we ate chicken, drank whiskey and went looking for UFOs. Well, that wasn’t true … that night! (Laughs.)

Kate was so excited about her date with Dan that she posted the following Tweets from her Twitter account:

For old times sake, here is a video of the ten best Dan Aykroyd movie moments, for your viewing pleasure: