Jack Nicholson Got John Candy Drunk While Making ‘Splash,’ Director Ron Howard Reveals

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Jack Nicholson was not in Splash. Splash was a household comedy about Allen (Tom Hanks), a person who fell in love with a mermaid and named her Madison (Daryl Hannah). At least, it was a household film in 1984, however today Disney+ determined households can’t see Hannah’s naked butt.  John Candy performs Allen’s brother Freddie within the movie.

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Anyway, Josh Gad reunited the solid and filmmakers of Splash on his YouTube present Reunited Apart on May 26. To increase cash for DigDeep’s COVID-19 aid efforts, Hanks, Hannah, director Ron Howard, producer Brian Grazer, writers Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel and costar Eugene Levy discussed the movie.

Jack Nicholson held up this iconic ‘Splash’ scene

Freddie is a little bit of a sleaze, dropping change to search for girls’s skirts, however he helps Allen’s relationship with Madison. To say he’s comedian aid in a comedy reveals you simply how humorous Candy was to rise above Hanks, Levy, Hannah and the script. In one scene, Allen and Freddie play racquetball collectively. Howard revealed Candy confirmed up late to the racquetball courtroom.

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“John [was a] totally professional guy,” Howard informed Gad. “But, he’s late. One day, we had this racquetball court, and he’s late. John finally pulls up, and he kind of rolls out of a car. And he comes up and he says, ‘Ron, Ron, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry.’ I said, ‘Well, it’s okay. You’re late but we’ll get going.’ He said, “No, no, no. Look, I’m drunk.’”

John Candy stayed up all evening partying with Jack Nicholson

Candy and Nicholson by no means received to look in a film collectively. Apparently, Nicholson was a giant fan although. Howard repeated the story Candy informed him. Nicholson would have been filming both the 1983 film Terms of Endearment or 1985’s Prizzi’s Honor, or possibly he simply occurred to be vacationing within the Bahamas the place Splash filmed.

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[Candy said,] ‘Here’s what occurred. I’m telling you the reality. I’m on the bar and Jack Nicholson’s on the bar. “John Candy,” Jack Nicholson knew my identify, Ron. “Do you want to come over?” Then he begins shopping for me drinks. Then I stated, “I gotta go shoot.” Then he stated, “You’re gonna be all right kid, don’t worry about it.” He stored shopping for me drinks. I by no means went to mattress, Ron. I by no means went to mattress.

Ron Howard, Reunited Apart, 5/26/2020

Even drunk, John Candy nonetheless received the final giggle in ‘Splash’

The racquetball scene is a little bit of basic Candy slapstick. He threw himself into the bodily efficiency of the scene, but it surely known as for Candy to hit a racquetball so it bounces off the wall and hits him within the face. Hanks was simply apprehensive concerning the accuracy required. Even drunk, Candy nailed it on the primary attempt.

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L-R: Tom Hanks and John Candy | Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection by way of Getty Images

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“The difficult moment was going to be the ball hitting John in the head,” Hanks stated. “He came up to do it and, swear to God, the very first time John hit the ball, it came right back and smacked him in the head. We all just collapsed in laughter.”

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