Ryan Reynolds has remembered “comedic genius” John Candy – 25 years after the larger than life actor died.
Candy was one of cinema’s biggest stars in the ‘80s and early ‘90s, starring in classics like Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Cool Runnings and Uncle Buck.
He died on 4 March 1994 from a presumed heart attack at the age of 43 and, more than two decades on, Hollywood stars are still in awe of his work.
Saluting his fellow Canadian on Twitter, Reynolds shared: “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 (Canadian flag emoji)”, tagging the actor’s children Jennifer and Christopher.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also paid his respects online.
“John Candy made millions of people laugh all over the world, and we still love him for it. What a great tribute to this Canadian legend,” he said, sharing Reynolds’ post.
Others to mark the anniversary of Candy’s passing include Guillermo del Toro and Ben Stiller, who also shared Reynolds’ tribute.
“I love John Candy and Planes, Trains and Automobiles is eternal,” The Shape of Water director posted, while Ben added: “John Candy comedic genius and just like… comedic genius, comedy hero, person I still watch constantly and will always idolize. That’s it. Good job.”
Singer Paul Young, who’s song Everytime You Go Away was used in the tribute clip, also reached out to the Deadpool star after he posted his message remembering the late actor.
“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!” Young shared, which prompted Reynolds to reply: “This song still punches me in the heart every time. Thank you, Paul.”