Ryan Reynolds pays tribute to fellow Canadian John Candy on 25th anniversary of his death
From one Canadian to another…
On Sunday afternoon, actor Ryan Reynolds shared a video tribute to his fellow countryman John Candy commemorating the 25th anniversary of Candy’s passing. “It’s the 25th anniversary of John Candy’s passing. We cooked up a small tribute to a comedic genius and Canadian hero,” he wrote. “If you haven’t seen much of his work, take a look at his films. He was a treasure.”
Alongside this caption, Reynolds shared a nearly two-minute video tribute to Candy, which he compiled with the help of Candy’s children Chris and Jen. The video includes clips from some of the late comic’s most iconic projects, including Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Uncle Buck, Spaceballs, and The Great Outdoors.
Beloved as a comedian and character actor, Candy was well-known for playing the big-hearted buffoon in films throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. He got his start on SCTV, which stands for Second City Television Network — a variety sketch show that was the Canadian equivalent of Saturday Night Live.
Candy died of a heart attack on March 4, 1994 while working on the movie Wagons East in Durango, Mexico. He was only 43 years old.
Reynolds is a big fan of Candy’s and one astute Reddit user pointed out that in Deadpool 2, Reynolds’ character Wade Wilson can be seen reading The Canadian Mounted, the same book Candy reads in Planes, Trains & Automobiles.