Retail Tales: Dan Aykroyd's biggest fan
Many years ago, while I was tolerating a temporary job in a newsagent’s shop, Hollywood funnyman Dan Aykroyd called in during a break from filming in the area. No, really.
He commented on how nice the local area and the shop itself was and treated himself to a Twix and a can of orange pop. My boss fancied getting a bit of publicity out of this and contacted the local paper who duly ran the story.
After this short blast of fevered excitement, everything returned to normal… for about a week or so. It was then that we were visited by Akroyd’s self-appointed number one fan who had travelled over 200 miles to see the shop where his hero had purchased orange pop and stand in the spot where the great man had picked up his Twix.
Helpfully, he also brought a life-size cardboard cut-out of the great man in his Blues Brothers guise which he requested we take his photo with. After getting my boss to sign the back of the cardboard Dan with a pen he’d brought especially for the task, he left, but only after insisting we keep the pen ‘as a souvenir’.
Honestly, I’m not making this shit up.