The James Brown biopic Get On Up is set for release on August 1st, 2014. In the movie, Dan Aykroyd plays the role of James Brown's manager, Ben Bart. Watch below as Aykroyd performs with Bobby Rush and sits down with Jimmy Fallon for a nice long interview:
Dan Aykroyd & Bobby Rush perform "I'll Go Crazy" (James Brown Cover) on The Tonight Show 7.18.2014
Dan Aykroyd & Jimmy Fallon Full Interview on The Tonight Show 7.18.2014
"I'll Go Crazy" sees Aykroyd getting into his alter ego of Elwood Blues from the classic Blues Brothers movie. Wearing sunglasses and commanding the blues, he's backed by The Roots and joined by Bobby Rush on the 1960 hit tune originally sung by James Brown. During the interview segment, Aykroyd explains that he chose that song because of something that happened when he inducted Brown at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003. Brown told Aykroyd that he was considering retirement, and Aykroyd responded by singing him that incredible line from the song, "If you leave me, I'll go crazy." It must have worked, because Brown continued touring for years before passing away in 2006.
There are some great stories about James Brown told by both Aykroyd and Fallon, involving other comediens Bill Murray and Eddie Murphy. Fallon tells the story of when Brown (who was past his prime and a little crazy at that point in his life) told Eddie Murphy, "Take all your money and bury it in the middle of the woods... then the government can't get at it." There's an awkward moment when Fallon coaxes Aykroyd to give him a few small bottles of his Crystal Head vodka, which he calls the "Keith Richards Special."
The interview ends with a strong endorsement from Aykroyd for Get On Up. They play a clip of him talking with James Brown (played by Chadwick Boseman) on an airplane about the heavy political situation that Brown found himself involved with in the '60s.
After the interview, Bobby Rush performs "Handy Man" with The Roots, showing he can play harmonica and sing with the best of them.