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Old 03-03-19, 04:41 PM
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Re: Do you miss John Candy?

Candy would be 68. What kind of movies would he be going today? Would he be stuck doing DTV movies? Working mostly behind the camera (as a producer and/or writer)? Retired?
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Re: Do you miss John Candy?

I think Candy couldíve been a great actor but he didnít really live long enough to showcase that side - Planes is probably his best and he was very good in JFK, but sadly, Iíd imagine a lot of people under 30 only have a vague idea who he was.
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Re: Do you miss John Candy?

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Candy would be 68. What kind of movies would he be going today? Would he be stuck doing DTV movies? Working mostly behind the camera (as a producer and/or writer)? Retired?
I could see him being a player in those Christopher Guest improv movies or maybe a sitcom on CBS.

John Candy and Chris Farley are still the two actors I loved as a child whoís death hurt the most.

I still remember watch Rookie of the Year as a young teenager and thinking ďJohn Candy actually looks pretty good in this. I think heís going to be alright.Ē ...And then he died soon afterward. Of course this was before I saw Wagonís East and Canadian Bacon where he looked like shit.
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Re: Do you miss John Candy?

Well, comedic actors tend to have a shelf life. I'm not sure he would have been able to continue for much longer as a lead in comedies, as the 90s stars (Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Chris Farley - briefly) were on the rise. Bill Murray managed to have a longer career, but he had to go in a different direction. Perhaps Candy could have done more serious work to keep it going.

I think he really would have been in demand as a voice actor. I know it's difficult to imagine different actors in certain roles, but he might have been Shrek, or Sully in Monsters Inc.
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Re: Do you miss John Candy?

Originally Posted by The Antipodean View Post
I think Candy couldíve been a great actor but he didnít really live long enough to showcase that side - Planes is probably his best and he was very good in JFK, but sadly, Iíd imagine a lot of people under 30 only have a vague idea who he was.
Good point. He may not have done comedy forever, but he could have tried other types of roles. JFK is a good role where heís not playing his typical type of character. Even his role as Del he was subdued at the end and tugged at the heart strings. I think he would have been capable of breaking out of the comedy shell had he lived longer to have more chances. I could see him being similar to Robin Williams in ways. Such a shame.

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John Candy and Chris Farley are still the two actors I loved as a child who’s death hurt the most.

Same. They were some of the warmest humble good hearted comedians I enjoyed watching and giving attention to. Not many comedians capture my attention these days.
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I liked Farley but never as much as Candy personally. Farley fell back on his weight for jokes a lot. Candy was a big guy too but not all jokes about him revolved around that.
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I bet he would be doing a crappy sitcom on CBS

It sucks Candy and Farley is gone but I miss Phil Hartman more.
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My Grandma did not know he was when he passed just seeing people in tears and everybody was talking him, don't remember people getting real emotional over Robin Williams but I very young when Candy passed so I don't remember, I feel bad for people who don't know who he is, Just a Name like Lou Costello. Comedy's well never be the same again people don't think this type of comedy is funny anymore.
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Holy fuck. I just told a friend Uncle Buck is probably my favorite John Hughes movie and probably favorite Candy movie. The last scene in that movie was the perfect goodbye and like to think that was his last great one...
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Re: Do you miss John Candy?

I haven't watched a lot of John Candy movies. Every time I see a little piece of one, he seems to be playing the pathetic fat guy. Because fat is funny, right?

I watched SCTV every week and loved it. But I didn't enjoy him in movies.
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Re: Do you miss John Candy?

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I haven't watched a lot of John Candy movies. Every time I see a little piece of one, he seems to be playing the pathetic fat guy. Because fat is funny, right?

I watched SCTV every week and loved it. But I didn't enjoy him in movies.
Whenever I watched a John Candy movie, I never saw him as playing the pathetic fat guy. I always saw him as the father figure with a big heart. Maybe since I grew up in the Midwest, I have a deeper connection to the type of character he played since I actually grew up with people that had his same personality. Every time I watch the Great Outdoors, I feel like I am reliving my childhood. I miss John Candy more than any other actor by far. I always wonder what movies he would have starred in if he didnít pass away so young.
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I haven't watched a lot of John Candy movies. Every time I see a little piece of one, he seems to be playing the pathetic fat guy. Because fat is funny, right?

I watched SCTV every week and loved it. But I didn't enjoy him in movies.
I havenít seen SCTV at all really aside from some clips. Just not a huge fan of sketch shows really despite him being on it. I would say that most of his films donít rely on his weight that often for jokes.
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Always get sucked into Summer Rental.
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Re: Do you miss John Candy?

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I haven't watched a lot of John Candy movies. Every time I see a little piece of one, he seems to be playing the pathetic fat guy. Because fat is funny, right?

I watched SCTV every week and loved it. But I didn't enjoy him in movies.
Not this. I really don't feel that is a fair characterization.

I don't recall a specific example of them making jokes at the expense of his weight. I suppose, though, that you could point out when Steve Martin accidentally used his large underwear as a towel in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.


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Whenever I watched a John Candy movie, I never saw him as playing the pathetic fat guy. I always saw him as the father figure with a big heart. Maybe since I grew up in the Midwest, I have a deeper connection to the type of character he played since I actually grew up with people that had his same personality. Every time I watch the Great Outdoors, I feel like I am reliving my childhood. I miss John Candy more than any other actor by far. I always wonder what movies he would have starred in if he didnít pass away so young.
This.

One of my favourites, that I don't see mentioned very often, is Only The Lonely, with Ally Sheedy and Maureen O'hara.
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Reelz did a autopsy special on Candy and his family had a history of dying young from a heart attack and he did not care if he ate too much or had a bad diet.

He was insecure thinking if he lost weight he might not be funny anymore and his career would go down the toilet.

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