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How Did This Happen – Spies Like Us

If a Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase movie came out today it would probably be a direct-to-video comedy about grave robbers who accidentally unleash the demon of farts.  Though the plot sounds promising, it can’t come close to their movies from the 80’s.

In the early 80’s, it seemed that these two actors couldn’t release a bad movie.  Aykroyd starred in Trading Places, Ghostbusters and Doctor Detroit.  Chase starred in Caddyshack, Vacation and Fletch.  So how do you make two comedic actors better?  You put them in the same movie.

Spies Like Us was the result of when these two stars decided to make a comedic love baby.  To ensure that it wouldn’t grow up to be in a gang, they asked John Landis (Animal House, The Kentucky Fried Movie) to be the baby’s life coach.

The movie grossed over 60 million at the box office, making it one of the highest grossing movies of 1985.

But I’m not wondering how the movie got made, I’m trying to figure out how they got Paul McCartney to write and sing the theme song to the movie.  My only theory  is that John Landis approached McCartney to appear in The Blues Brothers.  Paul McCartney was too busy at the time making millions of dollars being Paul McCartney so he politely declined.  Then after Paul watched The Blues Brothers and realized how much fun he missed out on he called John and said, “Hey, John.  It’s me, Paul McCartney.  I was in The Beatles.  I want some of that sweet sauce you’re working on over there in the Hollywood land.  What do you have?”  It just so happens that he was in pre-production for Spies Like Us.

That’s my educated guess for how it went down.  What I know for sure is that this single made it to the #number 7 spot on the singles chart in the United States and was McCartney’s last solo-hit to make it in the top ten.  How did this happen…



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