John Candy & John Hughes' Iconic Uncle Buck

By | December 5, 2021

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John Candy teamed up with John Hughes to make an '80s comedy classic. amazon

The 1989 comedy hit, “Uncle Buck”, featured two legends of laughter: John Candy and John Hughes. At that point, Hughes had just ripped off an incredible run of writing and directing “The Breakfast Club,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and “Sixteen Candles!”

Candy, on the other hand, stood about 15th in line for the starring role behind some real heavyweights of Hollywood. The film featured many Hughes staples including eventual child star, Macaulay Culkin and a very familiar Chicago high school. Here are some fun facts and delightful details about “Uncle Buck.”

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A mild winter forced the setting to change from St. Louis to Chicago. coventrytelegraph

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Decades later it’s difficult to imagine anyone playing the hilariously incorrigible Uncle Buck. When casting first started, the odds looked long for Candy. The list of actors who turned down the role reads like the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The actors approached were Bill Murray, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Jim Belushi, John Travolta, Joe Pesci, Robin Williams, Danny DeVito, Jack Nicholson, Steve Martin, Michael Keaton, and Tim Allen! Candy’s work with Hughes on “Planes, Trains, And Automobiles” helped him secure the role.