According to Reba McEntire, Dan Aykroyd’s real-life “ghostbusting” methods are “very serious and scientific.” But one beloved TV personality chose to “play devil’s advocate” when presented with Aykroyd’s paranormal evidence. How did he convince McEntire and who was apparently hard to convince?
Reba McEntire said Dan Aykroyd ‘honestly realized that ghostbusters’
As for Aykroyd’s “ghostbusting” practices, it seems to have made McEntire a believer. In his autobiography, reba: my story, she shared some stories from the set of the 1994 movie, Northin which he worked with Aykroyd.
Apparently, most of all, he impressed her with his iconic dance skills. But she said he also entertained her with stories of how she ran a “ghostbusting” business with her brother. As amused as she was of her, she seemed to think he wasn’t just telling her stories.
“The service is very serious and scientific,” McEntire said of his work. “They literally go into houses that are supposed to be haunted and clean up the haunts.”
She noted that Aykroyd’s great-grandfather conducted seances and concluded, “Dan earned a bit of ghost hunting honestly.”
Of course, not everyone he talked to about his interesting connection to the spirit world seemed convinced.
Dan Aykroyd shared a ghostbusters photo of his grandfather with ‘devil’s advocate’ Johnny Carson
When Aykroyd visited Tonight’s Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1984, he brought paranormal evidence to share with the host, Johnny Carson. he was promoting Ghostbusters and showed what he said was a picture of actual ghosts surrounding his grandfather.
Aykroyd explained that his grandfather was a “very, very cunning man” who was serious about his work in paranormal investigation. So, he felt that he would never falsify the investigation or the evidence.
But Carson said, “I have to play devil’s advocate on this,” and expressed what sounded like mild disbelief. He argued that the photo could have been faked.
Of course, Aykroyd refuted him, but he acknowledged that not everyone believed him. To provide further evidence, he shared a personal experience in which he got into an elevator with a stranger and developed an instant “ESP connection.”
According to him, he was headed to the eighth floor and she to the second floor. He pressed two and she pressed eight and they each got off at the floor they were headed for. He believed that the two experienced a “cross circuit between [their] minds.”
Once again, Carson didn’t seem convinced. He felt that the two of them might simply have pressed the wrong buttons for a coincidental mistake.
Dan Aykroyd and the ‘ghostbusters’ family business inspired ‘Ghostbusters’
McEntire’s different reactions to Carson are apparently normal for Aykroyd. But even though not everyone buys into his ideas, the actor still candidly shares his beliefs.
When it comes to “ghost hunting,” Aykroyd told Yahoo in 2020, “It’s actually a family business.”
His great-grandfather was a dentist who eventually became a mystic and passed his work on to his son and so on. So he cone heads The actor grew up in a house that normalized the belief and study of spirits. And he said that he himself has experienced enough “little kinetic things” to firmly believe.
Of course, all of this helped him co-write the script for Ghostbusters. But it seems that his experiences also made him quite comfortable with paranormal entities.
“Something got into bed with me one night, I think, when I was alone…” he shared with Yahoo. “The door was closed but not locked. And it opened. And I felt a chill and then I felt something compress next to me in the mattress.”
But since he was tired, “he just snuggled up next to him and [he] went to sleep.”
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