For the first time, I watched a video of Belushi's funeral, footage at the cemetery in Martha's Vineyard. We all know Dan rode a motorcycle that day, but there was a C-Body with Illinois State Police stripes. I couldn't see if it was the Royal Monaco from the movie that Dan owned , or if it was a Monaco, Fury or Gran Fury, but it did not have the Twinsonic Lightbar that day.
Does anyone have any details about this car? Was it the one that belonged to Aykroyd?
Post by Steam McQueen on Sept 23, 2018 12:35:58 GMT -5
^ I've been confused about that one in the past. I thought it might have been the "brother-in-law car" but it would seem they're different cars. From TK ...
No Bluesmobile at the funeral. Over the years, and in one or two news articles specifically, that IL State car became confused with a Bluesmobile. I do have another shot or two, that I'll have to dig up. Also a story from the two people who were assigned to drive it that day. (They wore Blues brothers suits which probably helped to confuse the news stories)
- The car which was repainted and on ebay had a blue stripe under the paint, indicating it was a Chicago car. It was the car which was traced back to, and ended the long standing rumor about D.Aykroyd keeping an original Blusmobile and giving it to his brother-in-law, R.Dixon. (Which he did not)
So that Royal Monaco in the funeral procession was the one Dan had in NYC and is the one he drove on his date with Betty Buckley ...
Aykroyd said that he held onto a marked Illinois State Police car.
"I drove it around Manhattan for three years with it fully marked, the lights, sirens, everything," Aykroyd recalled. "That was my car, I would go on dates in that car. I went out on a date with a Broadway actress Betty Buckley. I asked her on a date and picked her up in that car."
And true to form "Nobody batted an eye [in New York]," he said.
"[They would think] 'There's the Illinois state police, guess they dropped off a prisoner or something,'" he said. "I was never stopped, it sat outside in a parking lot for years. No plates except municipal government, fake plates that we had on the prop cars."
The actual car #55 jump car would have been stripped inside and fortified with roll bars welded in, plus the damage from the jump. It couldn't have gone on to be a date night car? But, there very easily could have been a 2nd car #55, even a 3rd one cut-away for the interior shots. The shot of #55 spinning out with the other cars, before the jump, could very well be a different car than the jump car. I'm not sure what else TK might have on the funeral car.
Also adding to the confusion a bit has been the surviving models. More than one Bluesmobile model survived filming ...
What was the question again? lol I honestly don't know if the funeral car was ever on screen or even on set of the movie.
I'm not quite sure that was a model. If you watch the explosion frame by frame, you can see it move around (especially the trunk and tail lights) as if it were a paper cutout set in front of the explosion! I'm not sure what is happening, but it's hollywood magic for sure.
Edit: Upon closer inspection, it looks like a frame of the film was cut up and certain sections were paused while the background exploded behind it! So those probably were models. You can see debris disappear into the edge of the sidewalk...
Last Edit: Sept 23, 2018 21:52:20 GMT -5 by flcl64
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