Today (March 04, 2019) marks the 25th anniversary of the death of the iconic actor John Candy and celebrities took to Twitter to pay their respects to the Emmy-winning actor.
Ryan Reynolds was among that group, and the Deadpool star posted a video on the social media platform which included highlights of Candy’s memorable career.
Reynolds, who also hails from Canada, is a huge Candy fanboy and even references the character Candy plays in the 1987 John Hughes comedy, Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
Reynolds’ superhero character Wade Wilson reads the same book in Deadpool, the same book that Candy reads in Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
“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”
Thousands of people have commented on the video thanking Reynolds for posting the clip as well as reminiscing about their favorite Candy moment.
John Candy’s daughter Jennifer wrote: “This made me cry. It’s so amazing and sweet! Thank you, 25 years tomorrow. Wow. He has so many people that absolutely love him, he was one of the best.”
Candy’s son Chris wrote: “Thanks Ryan and your crew. This is lovely.”
Singer Paul Young recalled how a song he recorded for Trains, Plains and Automobiles wasn’t used in the official movie, sharing: ‘I was so disappointed and deflated when my damn record company wouldn’t let my version be used in Trains, Planes and Automobiles so @VancityReynolds thank you so much for finally using it in this lovely tribute to John!’
Candy died, aged 43, on this day in 1994 from a presumed heart attack. However, his official cause of death according to coroners has never been published publicly.