This weekend we were able to catch up with the legendary Dan Aykroyd at a Crystal Skull Vodka signing at BevMo in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was gracious enough to let us ask him a few questions about UFOs, a subject he has a great interest in.
Dan Aykroyd has been interviewed often about his UFO interests; most recently he served as the pro-UFO representative on Larry King Live on April 30, 2010. Aykroyd was among a panel of scientists brought together to discuss Stephen Hawking’s statements on the possible malevolent nature of would-be cosmic visitors.
When asked by Larry King what he really believed, Aykroyd stated: “They are here, science should accept that they are here and look how they have come from a billion years in the future or the next dimension or wherever they are coming from. They have abducted people.”
Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs (image credit: Graviton Entertainment)
Unlike the majority of celebrities, Aykroyd has been completely open about his extraterrestrial beliefs, which is perhaps due to the fact that he grew up in a family where paranormal topics were not uncommon; his grandfather, Samuel Augustus Aykroyd, was a mystic and a spiritualist. Much of Aykroyd’s intense interest in UFOs was captured in a 2005 documentary entitled, Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs, in which Aykroyd participated in a long interview that focused almost entirely on his UFO research and history. Produced by UFO researcher David Sereda, the two-hour video highlights the depth of knowledge Aykroyd has in the UFO field. As evident from the documentary, Aykroyd is fascinated with the subject and has served for several years as the official Hollywood representative of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).
In the video, Aykroyd shares how he got interested in UFOs in the first place. He says that as a kid, he remembered seeing a Life magazine article with a picture of UFOs over the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. The photograph was taken in 1952, the same year that Aykroyd was born. During the famous sighting, air force jets scrambled to chase the strange lights over the Capitol, but it was later reported to the media that the objects were too fast for them to catch. The young Aykroyd was fascinated by the story as well as the fact that no one knew what these things were.
Adding fuel to his ufological fire, young Aykroyd then saw the science fiction movie about humanoid alien visitors entitled, The Day the Earth Stood Still. In the movie, an alien lands and warns the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. Aykroyd felt the movie’s plot seemed accurate, a view he still holds today. He feels that, if there is another species out there monitoring us, they would be observing how mankind is destroying the planet and would probably be concerned.
Another compelling personal experience that Aykroyd shares in the documentary is a strange event that happened in the middle of the night in upstate New York in the mid-1980s. Aykroyd woke up in the middle of the night telling his wife, “They are calling me, I want to go outside.” His wife asked who was calling him, and Aykroyd replied that “something” wanted him to go outside. His wife told him to go back to sleep, so he did. The next day Aykroyd says the media was reporting that all over upstate New York, Quebec, and Vermont, people had reported having this urge to go outside at 3 o’clock in the morning. When they got outside, witnesses reported a tremendous pink spiral above the Great Lakes area.
Aykroyd also claims to have had a run-in with the “Men in Black.” He told Sereda that during a television show taping, he went outside to use the phone to talk to Britney Spears about her upcoming appearance on Saturday Night Live. He noticed some men in black suits standing next to a black car; Aykroyd looked away, and when he looked back a moment later they were gone. Within a couple of hours, Aykroyd reported that producers were ordered to stop shooting the project he was currently working on, which happened to be a UFO program. They had been interviewing Dr. Steven Greer of the Disclosure Project, who had amassed a large amount of credible UFO witnesses, including retired military officers.
Aykroyd’s documentary also includes the history of modern UFO research as told by Aykroyd. Impressively, Aykroyd demonstrates a vast knowledge on the subject, equal to some of the top UFO researchers.
He also flexed his muscles on a Larry King Live special, repeatedly mentioning important abduction cases, such as the cases of Travis Walton, and Betty and Barney Hill. Aykroyd admitted that perhaps some of the fear around this subject is justified. Larry King asked Aykroyd if he believes that we are going to know the truth in our lifetime. Aykroyd said that he thinks there is going to be some sort of event that will open the public’s eyes, which will probably happen soon, a sentiment that he also shared in the documentary. He believes that the day when a concert holding a million people has a mass UFO sighting, or some similar incident occurs, officials will finally have to come clean with what they know.
Whether or not UFOs begin to show themselves en masse or not, Aykroyd is certainly a believer, and will continue keeping his eye on the sky.