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John Candy Crushes a Chili Dog While Smoking in Epic ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ Deleted Scene

John Candy Crushes a Chili Dog While Smoking in Epic ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ Deleted Scene

Even though it has been decades since his unexpected passing, John Candy and his sense of humor continue to live on, especially through his cult classic films.

In a deleted scene for Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Candy is seen showing off his “skills” by smoking and eating a chili dog at the same time. The entire time, Steve Martin is just staring in shock at the sight.

As he is enjoying the chili dog, John Candy notices that he spilled some of the deliciousness on his shirt and tie. He decides to throw the tie back and continue to eat. “Could you move please?” He asked. The actor then takes a bean that he dropped on himself and tries to flick it off his shirt. “Want to tee it up,” he declared. “Take a mulligan on that one.”

After the bean lands in a nearby trash can, Candy laughs and says, “Two points!” At the end of the scene, Martin is seen spelling out “grotesque” in a crossword puzzle. 

According to IMDb, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles follows a Chicago advertising man who must travel home from New York for Thanksgiving with a “lovable oaf” salesman as his only companion. Starring in the film with Martin and Candy includes Laila Robins, Michael McKean, Kevin Bacon, and Dylan Baker. 

Steve Martin Reflects on the One ‘Planes, Trains, and Automobiles’ Cut Scene That Features John Candy’s Character Opening Up

During a 2022 interview with USA TODAY, Steven Martin recalled one cut scene from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles that showed a different side of John Candy’s character. 

“There’s a scene at the very end where I go back to find John’s character sitting alone in the train station,” Martin explained. “That’s when the truth comes out.”

Martin then explained that Candy’s character revealed he doesn’t have a home and he just travels. “Then he said, ‘Usually, I’m fine. But around the holidays, I usually attach myself to someone. But this time, I couldn’t let go.’”

Martin then said that the scene was very touching and he remembered admiring John Candy’s acting at that moment. “I remember sitting across from John thinking, ‘Wow, this guy is killing this.’”

Martin admitted he was surprised the scene was trimmed way down. “I never understood why and I didn’t ask John because that’s his business.”

In regards to the one scene featuring their characters snuggling in bed, Martin added that Candy would go out of his way to make him laugh. “It’s hard to explain why this was funny,” he added. “But we were together so much that we would come onto the set and fake beat each other up. Sort of takes the frustration out of lengthy days, but laughing.”

Along with Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, John Candy was known for other hit films. This includes Spaceballs, Uncle Buck, and Cool Runnings. The actor tragically passed away in 1994 after a heart attack. He was filming Wagons East at the time.