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How Dan Aykroyd stole Julie & Julia from Meryl Streep

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 13th 2009 3:00PM

Two-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep does an amazing job of bringing Julia Child to life in the new movie Julie & Julia. Watch the clips that Bob posted recently and you'll understand why I'm sure this film will earn Ms. Meryl another Oscar nomination. That will be number 16, breaking her record of 15 nominations thus far.

But did you know that Dan Aykroyd steals the movie right out from under Meryl Streep's nose ... not to mention Amy Adams, too? It's true. Director Nora Ephron wisely included the famous Saturday Night Live sketch called The French Chef, in which Dan masterfully skewered Julia's TV show. The cry, "Save the liver" is still one of the funniest lines I've ever heard -- and still use when the occasion calls for it!

If you think I'm over-enthusiastic, I'm not. Here's the proof. Dan as Julia:

Just for the record, I thoroughly enjoyed Julie & Julia. It's a charming movie, sweet and very entertaining. It's not up to the level of Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle (her best film), but it's a hell of a lot better than Bewitched, a truly horrendous re-invention of the 1960's sitcom. The less said about that one, the better.

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ok, how could he "steal" the show from her , when his rendition predates hers by what..... 20 some odd years?

That SNL sketch is one of my favorites as well. I laugh every time I watch it.

August 14 2009 at 10:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not a chance shel get nominated for this trust me

August 14 2009 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

That was my all-time favorite SNL sketch. Hilarious!

August 13 2009 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Everyone show this to your kids, so they'll believe you when you tell them that SNL used to be funny once.

August 13 2009 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Haha the sketch just made me realize how much Julia Child, or at least Dan Aykroyd's impression of her, sounds like Mickey Mouse!

August 13 2009 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I heard that Dan Aykroyd was actually offered the part first but turned it down.

August 13 2009 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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