Trivia: Dan Aykroyd and the Temple of Doom

Trivia: Dan Aykroyd and the Temple of Doom

When I was re-watching the Indiana Jones trilogy in preparation of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I discovered something I never noticed before – Dan Aykroyd.

Trivia: Dan Aykroyd and the Temple of Doom

That’s right, the SNL star turned Ghostbuster has a very small cameo in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Unlike Raiders and Last Crusade, I had only seen the film once or twice since I was a kid, which might explain how I passed him by. The 18-second cameo is easy to miss and comes just after the conclusion of the car chase with Lao Che’s men in the film’s opening sequence. Aykroyd plays a character named “Weber”, who sports a mustache and an even worse fake British accent. He explains to Indy that he’s arranged for last minute transportation just before Jones, Short Round and Willie board the plane. Turns out that Aykroyd was friends with Spielberg, going back to working on 1941.

Trivia: Dan Aykroyd and the Temple of Doom

Even harder to spot is the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameos of George Lucas, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg as a group of missionaries in the background of the same airport scene.

Steven Spielberg Cameo in Temple of Doom

The newspaper clipping below shows the group in costume wearing long black cassocks and tropical helmets.

Temple of Doom Cameos Newspaper clipping

 

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