Ryan Reynolds Pens Emotional Tribute to John Candy: "Forever Missing Him"

Exploring the comedic genius of John Candy's film career

by Zain ul Abedin
Ryan Reynolds Pens Emotional Tribute to John Candy: "Forever Missing Him"
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Ryan Reynolds recently shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram to the late comedic legend John Candy, who passed away in 1994 at the age of 43. In his post, Reynolds reflected on Candy's enduring impact, whose performances continue to resonate with fans decades after his untimely death.

The post, originally shared by comedian Mathias Nastos, featured a poignant comment from Reynolds: "Sometimes outta nowhere...I’ll think of this guy and miss the living hell out of him." This comment was set against a nostalgic photo of Candy, emphasizing the personal connection Reynolds still feels toward him.

Reynolds chose to accompany the tribute with the instrumental track "Power to Believe" by The Dream Academy, a song from the soundtrack of Candy's beloved 1987 film "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." This film, which also starred Steve Martin, is often remembered for its heartwarming and humorous portrayal of two very different men sharing a series of travel mishaps.

John Candy's Enduring Legacy

The post's caption underscored Candy's unique talent: "Retro Rewind 80s: The Candy Man Can." It highlighted how, despite the era being dominated by stars like Bill Murray, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, and Dan Aykroyd, John Candy's exceptional comedic timing and charisma made him a standout in the film industry.

Further enriching his tribute, Reynolds noted Candy's ability to enhance every film with his presence, even in brief cameos. The post also touched on the sadness surrounding Candy's final film, "Wagons East," which did not meet success at the box office.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Candy's death, who died from a heart attack in his sleep. Reflecting on his legacy, Steve Martin, co-star from "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," told PEOPLE magazine, "John’s comedy lives on, but my memory of him has the words ‘kindness’ and ‘sweetness’ in the headlines." In other news, Reynolds shared his excitement about recently watching "The Fall Guy," starring Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt.

He praised the film as a "beautiful love letter to the stunt community" and a thoroughly enjoyable experience, reaffirming his passion for cinema that connects and entertains.

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