Empire magazine will be publishing a 24-page farewell to the beloved Carrie Fisher who passed away recently. A number of Carrie’s close friends were asked to write tributes to her, and Dan Aykroyd was one of them.
The Ghostbusters star remembers he first met Carrie on the set of Saturday Night Live. She and John Belushi were instantly good friends, and Aykroyd remembers being impressed with her humor. “One of the most brilliant and hilarious minds of our eon, Carrie would say things like: ‘I love tiny babies. When they cry they turn red and look like screaming tomatoes.’”
Carrie also gave Aykroyd a nickname he never forgot. She told him, “’You have a jawline, hold your chin up otherwise you look like a tuna.’ From then on I would identify myself on the phone as Tuna Neck.”
The two fell in love while filming Blues Brothers and the began living together at various homes. Aykroyd describes this as a point of disagreement because “Carrie had the most refined eye for art and design.”
Like any good couple, they mingled with each other’s friends, and Aykroyd was delighted to be “embraced in warmly human and Hollywood-glamorous emotional comfort, elegance and excitement.”
At one point, they “obtained blood tests for compatibility from an East Indian female doctor.” Evidently Aykroyd must have liked the results because he said, “Contemplating marriage, I gave Carrie a sapphire ring and subsequently in the romance she gave me a Donald Roller Wilson oil painting of a monkey in a blue dress next to a tiny floating pencil.”
Aykroyd says he kept the painting for many years until it began to scare his children.
But the relationship didn’t last forever; Carrie was in love with another man. They spent one last weekend in Martha’s Vineyard with John and Judy Belushi. They stayed in a home Judy Belushi bought for him, which Carrie described as “abandoned by Fred and Wilma Flinstone,” even though it was designed by famed architect Hideo Sasaki.
“The next morning she asked me to drive her to the airport and she flew to New York…. She was also in love with Paul Simon. She married him but I hope she kept my ring.”
Though Carrie is gone from this world, she left a lasting impression on Dan Aykroyd—and all of us.
“I grew up as a simple Catholic kid from a government family in Hull, Quebec, so you can imagine how much of a privilege and honor it was for me to have known this one-off, broke-the-mold woman as a great friend.”