Ryan Reynolds remembers the late John Candy on social media. The Deadpool star posted a tribute video to honor the '80s comedy icon on the 25th anniversary of his death. Both performers are known for their unique sense of humor.
In March 1994, Candy passed away in Durango City, Mexico at the age of 43. The actor’s sudden death shocked the film industry as a whole, as Candy seemed ready to display his full skill set beyond the comedy genre. From 1976 to 1979, he appeared in 50 episodes of the Canadian series Second City Television, where he was an original cast member alongside Harold Ramis and Eugene Levy. In the early '80s, Candy landed numerous feature film roles in classics like The Blue Brothers, Stripes, and National Lampoon’s Vacation. By the second half of the decade, Candy transformed into A-list star with leading roles in Spaceballs, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, The Great Outdoors, and Uncle Buck. In 1991, he reached new demographics by portraying real-life attorney Dean Andrews Jr. in Oliver Stone’s political thriller JFK.
On Twitter, Reynolds posted a tribute video to Candy, in collaboration with the late comedian's two children, Chris Candy and Jennifer Candy. The 105-second clip begins with a famous moment from the 1981 film Stripes, before transitioning into a piano-scored montage in which Candy can be heard saying, “Do you remember me?” From there, Paul Young’s 1985 hit “Every Time You Go Away” plays over the clip selections, an appropriate piece of music given the time correlation and the lyrical references to loss and grief. Overall, the video covers the most famous film moments from Candy’s career, and ends with the comedian waving goodbye. To date, the clip has received more than 5 million views. Check out the full video below.
It’s the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing. We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero. If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure. Thanks to @chriscandy4u and @therealjencandy. 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/dHvuviKnBs— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 3, 2019
With his large stature and gregarious personality, Candy had a unique role in mainstream cinema. Upon the late icon's 1994 death, Chris Farley rose to a fame by similarly using both physical comedy and improvisational skills on Saturday Night Live and feature films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep. However, Farley passed away in 1997 at the age of 33, which represented another a huge blow to the comedy genre. By this time, Reynolds' film career was just taking off, with his breakthrough role coming in 2002 for National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, of which directly connected him to Candy’s film legacy. Both performers are Canadian: Reynolds was raised on the west coast in Vancouver, and Candy was raised in Eastern Canada near Toronto.
To mirror Reynolds’ thoughts on Twitter, seek out Candy’s films to learn more about his style and legacy. On Netflix, Stripes is available to stream, and JFK is available on Hulu. Uncle Buck is also streaming on Amazon Prime.
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