March 4 marks 25 years since Canadian comedy icon John Candy passed away prematurely due to a heart attack at the age of 43. As a way to honour the film and comedy legend, Ryan Reynolds teamed up with Candy’s children, Chris and Jennifer Candy, to put together a touching video montage of their father’s most iconic roles including scenes from Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Cool Runnings and Cannonball Fever and it does a great job of showing Candy's skill with comedy and drama.
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
Like I said before . This made me cry. It’s so amazing and sweet ! Thank you ❤️25years tomorrow. Wow. He has so many people that absolutely love him , he was one of the best.— Jennifer Candy (@TheRealJenCandy) March 3, 2019
Thanks Ryan and your crew. This is lovely. ❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/4TH1mwBxLF— Chris Candy (@ChrisCandy4u) March 3, 2019
The video features the song "Everytime You Go Away" and singer Paul Young shared on Twitter that he was “disappointed and deflated” when his original version couldn’t be used in Planes, Trains and Automobiles but was over the moon that Reynolds chose the song as the soundtrack to his Candy tribute. Ryan responded by thanking the singer and sharing the song “punches him in the heart every time.”
This song still punches me in the heart every time. Thank you, Paul.— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) March 3, 2019
The response to the video was overwhelming with celebrities, specifically comedians, commenting and re-sharing it in honour of Candy. Ben Stiller called Candy a “comedic genius, comedy hero,” Josh Gad praised him as “one of the greatest comedic voices of his time” and Brent Butt simply commented, “The best.” Even our own Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lauded the “great tribute to this Canadian legend.”
This is incredible. What a wonderful way of remembering and paying tribute to one of the greatest comedic voices of his time. God I miss John Candy. https://t.co/cX2fEP9JfN— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 4, 2019
The best. There will never be another John Candy. https://t.co/vfecgS4O5Y— Brent Butt (@BrentButt) March 4, 2019
John Candy made millions of people laugh all over the world, and we still love him for it. What a great tribute to this Canadian legend. 🇨🇦 https://t.co/UDnc6k9TcK— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) March 4, 2019
I love John Candy and Planes, Trains and Automobiles is eternal. https://t.co/2awOwPazJf— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) March 3, 2019
He was a great guy.— Lea Thompson (@LeaKThompson) March 3, 2019
The king. His performance in Planes, Trains and Automobiles should have won an Oscar.— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) March 3, 2019
TRULY A GREAT AND FOREVER OUR UNCLE BUCK!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️— Dot-Marie Jones (@dotmariejones) March 4, 2019
No one could make you laugh harder then punch you in the feelings when you least expected it better than John Candy. Sneaky feels. He owned humour with heart. https://t.co/9TFKqwzZ1Z— Jonathan Torrens (@TorrensJonathan) March 3, 2019
He should have won an Oscar for that. Comedy and pathos are so hard to balance. He did it effortlessly in that film. The young generation now for the love of god watch this mans work.— Nick Swardson (@NickSwardson) March 3, 2019
Ryan,— John C. McGinley (@JohnCMcGinley) March 3, 2019
I was lucky enough to have been with John down in Durango, Mexico?
We were shooting:
Being with him?
Being without him?
Profoundly, changed my life!
I think about him, a ton.
And I miss him: always!
Others commented on the video to share sweet stories about their interactions with the actor. A fan shared a comedic letter Candy sent in response to fan mail in 1984 and another told an anecdote about meeting him at the Toronto Grey Cup celebrations when he was a child.
My dad took me to the Grey Cup parade in Toronto when they won. I was 11, and John Candy's car came down Yonge St. The crowd surged to get closer, i got swept away from my dad and knocked down next to the car. An arm reached down and hauled me up.— Jonny Robertson (@FotoGuy79) March 4, 2019
John asked, "You okay?"
When I was around 12 I lived in a small town called Sharon and there was nothing to but hang out at the local convenience store. John lived nearby and if we were lucky we would get to say “hi” to him when he stopped to get bread or milk. I miss those days. RIP— Carlo Fusco (@mrfusco) March 4, 2019
John Candy was an alumni of my high school back in Toronto. This is myself, and my now brother in law, who were on the Student Council, meeting our comedy hero. Our hearts all broke the day he died, and you could of heard a pin drop after it was announced. RIP JC. pic.twitter.com/orPb5DHpvJ— Justin Gallego (@Justingallego) March 4, 2019
Possibly the most die-hard fan of all who came through was this gentleman who shared his very detailed John Candy tattoo. Now that’s a tribute!
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