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John Candy (1950-1995)

  1. Joe Flaherty, Used Cars, 1980.    Double parked!  Or not wanted... Otherwise, something could have been easily arranged as Steven Spielberg was directing him in 1941- while exec producing Used Cars.
  2. John Belushi, Neighbours, 1981.     Plan A for the John Hughes story at Carolco was Candy and Sylvester Stallone as the fighting neighbours.  Plan B at Columbia was the brothers Blue, Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi.  Five years later, Candy did make another Hughes tale: Planes, Trains & Automobiles. 
  3. Rick Moranis, Ghost Busters, 1983.    Who ya gonna call - at 555-2368...? Well, not Candy. He quit the role when no one took much notice of his suggestions for Louis Tully - like having a German accent and schnauzer dogs! Candy, Moranis and co-writer and star Harold Ramis were all born in SCTV, Canada’s Second City TV, 1976-1981.
  4. Tom Hanks, Dragnet, 1987.     Considered for Sergeant Joe Friday's partner in 1985. Once Dan Aykroyd became Friday, one fat cop was enough... and Hanks took on his first supporting role, after two big flops. "I just took the job as a hired gun.Dan has this Joe Friday set in stone... so much so I wonder where I fit in." Nowhere.
  5. Robin Williams, Aladdin, 1991.    Disney’s voice choices for the blue Genie included Candy, Albert Brooks, Matt Frewer, John Goodman, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Martin Short… As if anyone could match Williams’ dazzling 16 hours of improv. (So much ad-lib finished on screen, the toon was denied any adapted script Oscar nomination!). In typical whirlwind manic a brilliance (at union scale!), Williams used everyone from Ethel Merman to Groucho Marx, William F Buckley to Carol Channing, Nicholson to De Niro!   “Good but not great,” noted Chicago critic Roger Ebert, “with the exception of the Robin Williams sequences, which have a life and energy all their own.” Indeed.
  6. John Goodman, The Flintstones, 1994.     After ludicrous thoughts of  thin guys in fat-suits (Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Bill Murray) burned up on re-entry to planet Earth,  chubby Candy was set to succeed James Belushi as the Stone Age hero.    Not for long. The live action take on the cartoon series (The Simpsons of its days, 1960-1966), would never have happened if Goodman had been  unable  able to squeeze it in during his Roseanne series hiatus. Because, according to co-creator Joseph Barbera “When John Goodman was born, he was stamped Fred Flintstone right there on his bottom.”  The producer agreed. End of debate.  ’Cos the producer was Steven Spielberg.  
  7. Danny Glover, Gone Fishin’, 1996.       Candy and Rick Moranis passed  on  the two fishing buddies.  The film was eventually made with Glover and Joe Pesci after Candy’s death and the semi-retirement of Moranis. “This unbelievably moronic comedy” (Washington Post)  led to  the tragic death of a stuntwoman in a boat gag that also  injured  her husband and father, stunters both.  
  8. Kevin Bacon, Telling Lies in America, 1997.    Candy was eager to play Billy Magic in what was then Magic Man, whentoldby his agent Ron Meyer that it would hurt his career. Writer Joe Estzerhas (the film was about his youth) called CAAin fury and Meyer admitted that CAA “was still after me” because of his famous 1989 letter to the CAA “Kingfish, himself, the Thousand-Pound Gorilla - Michael Ovitz!”(and his infamous foot soldiers) for “threatening to destroy my career because I was refusing to turn my back on a friend” by switching to another agent.
  9. Eddie Murphy, Holy Man, 1998.       Joe Roth and his Caravan Pictures started developing the comedy for Johnto play G in1993.
  10. Queen Latifah, Last Holiday, 2005.   Fans of Ealing Studios comedies, LA scripters Jeffrey Price, Peter S Seaman decided to rehash JB Priestley’s 1950 Alec Guinness scriptwith Candy as George Bird.Years after his death, Latifah became Georgia Bird.
  11. Will Ferrell, Curious George, 2006.    Arnold Schwarzeneggerwas also chased to be The Man in the Yellow Hat in the mid-90s. Ferrell voiced thekids’ character inthe tots’ toon. 





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