Stunned Blues Brothers fans could scarcely believe their eyes yesterday when Hollywood star Dan Aykroyd had a public meltdown on the streets of suburban Artarmon.
The star - dressed head to toe in black - was spotted storming out of SBS's Reserve Road headquarters at around noon before charging off on foot in a northerly direction - towards the Artarmon shops, we hear - with a hapless chap at his heels brandishing a bottle of water.
Passers-by report Aykroyd let fly with a stream of expletives - all starting with the letter F - about an incident that had just taken place, presumably inside the television studio.
He concluded with a furious "F***ing Hosebag!!" before the minder managed to persuade him to step out of the midday 35 degree celcius heat and, presumably, out of public view.
Sources later said Aykroyd, who is in Australia to promote his vodka brand, Crystal Head, was frustrated by an interviewer's reluctance to slavishly promote his vodka, a six year labour of love - a condition of interview during his tour.
Confidential has learned Aykroyd was booked to appear on SBS's interview show The Observer Effect with toughened news anchor, Ellen Fanning. SBS publicity was unable to shed any more light on the meltdown.
Similarly the PR company managing his tour, SBPR, could offer little explanation.
A close source said Aykroyd, who has been travelling with his wife and daughter, has been overwhelmingly happy with his Australian PR tour, particularly as this is the world's third biggest market for the brand. He sang with David Campbell on Mornings earlier in the week and has completed a slate of interviews with press, radio and television.
During an interview on Wednesday, Confidential found Aykroyd to be agreeable to discussing his body of film work - provided a bottle of vodka featured prominently in pictures and the brand was mentioned in copy.
Aykroyd, who has been staying at The Darling, was, we understand, in better form last night at a party in his honour for Crystal Head at The Star bar, Rock Lily.