According to Variety, the John Candy documentary will go beyond the actor’s public persona “and delve into the inner life that Candy kept private off-screen.” Candy’s widow, Rosemary Margaret Hobor, and their two children, Christopher Michael and Jennifer Anne Candy, have reportedly given their “full support” to the feature, providing “never-before-seen home videos, archives and interviews with the [Candy] family to explore the man behind the movie star.”
This is, of course, far from the first non-fiction project to focus on John Candy. His life and legacy have already been explored in episodes of the documentary TV series “Biography” and “E! True Hollywood Story” over the years, with “Behind Closed Doors” having done an episode on him as recently as 2020. By the sound of it, though, this new film will delve much deeper into his personal motivations as an artist, as well as his experiences with his loved ones away from the cameras. No doubt, the movie will also touch on pricklier topics like his experiences dealing with severe panic attacks and his continual attempts to cut down on his smoking and alcohol intake. Thankfully, the involvement of Candy’s family ought to go a long ways in ensuring these aspects of his life are handled with the sensitivity and care they deserve.