Fresh from his entrepreneurial stint launching the ever-successful Crystal Head Vodka range, Dan Aykroyd has decided to add another string to his career bow by becoming a strong arm of the law
The Ghostbusters actor will definitely be the one to call when trouble is afoot in Mississippi, as he's just been sworn in as the Sheriff's Deputy there.
Aykroyd approached the Hinds County Sheriff Department's while filming new movie Get on Up, a biopic about James Brown’s, in which he plays the late singer’s manager Ben Bart.
''It's an honour to join these ranks today,” he said during his swearing-in ceremony. “I understand the challenges that law enforcement face in today's world.''
He went on to praise the Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Lewis, who presided over the ceremony, for his dress sense. Probably because he was wearing a sharp brown suit and trilby hat, not unlike what Aykroyd’s Blues Brothers character might have worn.
''I don't think there's a better dressed sheriff in the United States,” The Clarion Ledger quotes Aykroyd as saying.
''This man is sure styling, and he backs it up with intelligence, integrity and real care for his personnel.''
But this isn’t the first job in law enforcement the actor has ever had. Before he was famous, he apparently worked for two agencies in Louisiana.
And he fully intends to use his Hollywood status to boost the public profile of the department he now deputises, too.
''I am able to go all over the world now and talk up this county, talk up this state and talk up the people of the Hinds County Sheriff's Department.''
As well as probably getting involved in some form of crime fighting, Aykroyd added that he would also take on a fundraising role, because some departments are so short of money that they ''can't even afford ammunition for practice''.