Dream interviews: John Hughes, John Candy, John Belushi
Too many of the geniuses of the '80s have left us. Some simply from old age. Others by unnecessary tragedy. It's a shame I'll never get to interview Patrick Swayze, Rodney Dangerfield or Blake Edwards. Same with Leslie Nielsen, Bon Scott and Michael Been of The Call.
Which '80s heroes who are no longer with us are your personal dream list of interviews? That's today's list.
While you mull your options (find a partial list here), here are my top three.
JOHN HUGHES: Hard not to put him at the top of the list, though you have to wonder if he would have made for a cooperative subject. Hughes said goodbye to Hollywood in the early '90s, and we'll probably never know exactly why. That's a mystery that won't be solved.
JOHN CANDY: Some of my favorite movies co-starred Candy, whose warmth filled every movie screen. Try to imagine Stripes without Ox. Or Volunteers without Tom Tuttle. Even Splash is dry without Freddie Bauer. It would have been nice to get to know the man behind the characters.
JOHN BELUSHI: I had a dream last night that I had to record an audio commentary for the DVD of Neighbors, that bizarre 1981 movie starring Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. And Belushi was recording it with me. We drank Miller beer and split a cheese pizza and talked about college football between takes. At the end of the evening, I drove him home and he agreed to call me the next day to set up an interview. But he never did. Clearly, I have issues. And I'm craving answers ... and pizza.