Spielberg admits he took on the role of the manic star’s keeper from his Blues Brothers co-star Dan Aykroyd and that meant a few rude awakenings in the middle of the night.
The director tells Entertainment Weekly magazine, “There would be days when at two o’clock in the morning, John would let himself into my house and he’d just sort of gently shake me awake. I’d look up, and there’s John… He says, ‘I’m gonna crash here, OK?’
“I remember the next morning I’d wake up and John was on the floor under the TV set of my bedroom. Fully clothed and sound asleep. John crashed at the house several times.”
But Spielberg insists his leading man was not the self-destructive force he has been portrayed as: “John was a very sweet guy… I think he was just burning the candle at four ends, if that’s even possible.
“Dan Aykroyd was his minder. Dan was his best friend, and he gave me the handbook on how to handle John. Probably Dan’s responsible for keeping John alive as long as he did.”
The comedian died from a drug overdose in 1982.