What John Candy Had That We Miss in Actors Today

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Hard to believe it’s been more than 20 years since John Candy left us. Today, actors of the new outrage era are under so much pressure to deliver, whether it’s over perfectly scripted words in which every other sentence has to be hilarious or their improv has to be virally infectious.

While it’s never been more different to get a laugh out of people, we look back to ‘80s comedy and some of the great John Candy roles to see a natural talent, whose lines weren’t always perfect, but his presence was felt immensely. Maybe it had something to do with the fact he weighed about 300 pounds. Now have a look at some of the things John Candy had that we’ve lost in actors today, and then you’ll really want to watch some Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

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