Steve Martin Emotional Over Iconic Scene with John Candy in New Documentary

Exploring deep connections and memorable performances in film.

by Zain ul Abedin
Steve Martin Emotional Over Iconic Scene with John Candy in New Documentary
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In the new documentary film "STEVE! (Martin) Ajson Documentary in 2 Pieces," comedy legend Steve Martin offers warm, expansive memories of the epic partnership with the late John Candy, revealing new layers to their friendship that ran deep and was far more complex than many realized, Candy's personality being very intricate.

Exclusively on Apple TV+: This documentary features an intimate look at Martin's up-and-down roller-coaster ride to celebrity, his personal life, and treasured moments with Candy, most especially from the set of their 1987 classic "Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Directed by Academy Award winner Morgan Neville, best known for "20 Feet from Stardom", the documentary takes a view of Martin's rolling career and life away from fame.

One of the most touching parts of the movie is that scene of John Candy being remembered, in which he is remembered for bringing them together and the influence that he had left in so many ways—on and off the screen.

The video shows Martin taking a tour of his home storage, where he had memorabilia of the different ventures he had been part of, like scripts for the iconic movies directed by John Hughes, speaking out their depth of emotion.

Candy's Emotional Monologue

But the documentary includes one touching moment: Martin remembered the set of "Candy" for a particularly strong scene when his character, Del Griffith—commission-based salesman of shower curtain rings—launches into a long, funny monologue about what could be spun into the quote-unquote lifetime story.

Dramatically shortened in the final cut, the scene still left Martin in tears: proof of how strong a performance Candy had given, and how powerful the script was. "STEVE! (Martin)" is structured into two segments: "Then" and "Now".

The "Then" of "The Colbert Report" has archival footage from the beginnings of his stand-up comedy. The "Now" for "The Colbert Report" was to include interviews with Steve Martin and a host of comedy dignitaries, including Tina Fey, Eric Idle, Jerry Seinfeld, Frank Oz, Diane Keaton, and Martin Short.

The documentary celebrates the comedic genius that is Martin while also walking with him on a reflective journey through his experience in cinema, and just how ephemeral fame really is. Following on the memory of having worked with Candy, he reflects on the heritage of his films and how they could capture the very evanescence of artistic ventures and personal investments involved.

It even delves into the latter part of the documentary tackling Martin's comeback into the entertainment industry with the success of "Only Murders in the Building", co-starring with Short and Selena Gomez.