THE BLUES BROTHERS star Dan Aykroyd has been appointed a Hollywood consultant for a Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Network.

The Canadian actor is now the man film-makers go to when they're making movies on alien spacecraft, after he was given his position by the MUTUAL UFO NETWORK (MUFON).

And Aykroyd admits he's thrilled with his new role, because he's long held a passion for the subject.

He says, "What I like about it (is) it's entertaining and now the little alien head you see everywhere. It's as big as the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy. It's entered our mythical culture, in a very strange way. Kind of almost replacing elves and fairies from the turn of the century, so that's really what fascinates me."

He adds, "There's footage (on MUFON's website) of some of the stuff that we're getting out of California, some objects that are very credible.

"Fifty-four per cent of the people in the world believe (UFOs exist), according to some recent polls, then many do not.

"If you're a writer, a director and you wanna access our UFO database, we'll throw open the files."

15/11/2004 21:08