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I just read this amazing blog post and the cynic in me immediately called BS. But then I thought about my own run-ins with famous folks that people would probably never believe. I also read the whole thing a few times and now I honestly think it's true. If you're too lazy to read it, it's a post by a woman who exchanged letters with John Hughes for a couple years and in 1997 received a phone call from him after he pretty much disappeared from the world. It gives a couple answers many of us die-hard fans have been seeking. What happened? Alison writes:
We talked for an hour. It was the most wonderful phone call. It was the saddest phone call. It was a phone call I will never forget.
John told me about why he left Hollywood just a few years earlier. He was terrified of the impact it was having on his sons; he was scared it was going to cause them to lose perspective on what was important and what happiness meant. And he told me a sad story about how, a big reason behind his decision to give it all up was that "they" (Hollywood) had "killed" his friend, John Candy, by greedily working him too hard.
This both broke my heart to read and kind of made me smile, knowing that he chose to leave it all behind for noble reasons. I spent quite a few years thinking the guy just took the money and ran. The last couple years, the more I thought about it, I began to think that wasn't the case at all. As Kevin Smith said, the dude made his mark and then he checked out. That's actually kind of awesome when you get right down to it. Big props to Alison for posting this, I'm sure she's getting bombarded by doubters and other folks. For me, I'm extremely thankful she wrote it.