'John Candy might be my acting hero,' Emma Stone tells Interview magazine. 'He’s ... someone who can find the humor in the dramatic moments.'“My parents’ taste in comedy really rubbed off on me,” Emma Stone tells Cameron Crowe in September’s Interview magazine. “I grew up on comedy from the ’70s and the ’80s. My dad showed me "The Jerk" — that is the first movie I remember seeing. And then my mom showed me Gilda (Radner) ...
“For whatever reason my dad was like, ‘You need to see 'The Jerk.' You need to see 'Animal House' and 'Caddyshack.' You need to see 'Planes, Trains and Automobiles.’ So that was what I watched. ...
"He runs a general contracting company, and on the walls of his office he has all of these black-and-white stills from comedies. Gilda, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, Gene Wilder — those were the people I grew up loving. John Candy might be my acting hero. He’s ... someone who can find the humor in the dramatic moments ... I’d love to be that kind of an actor. Gene Wilder is that way, too. Gilda was that way. Steve Martin . . . The funniest ones are.
“I won’t make a bucket list,” says Stone, who was last seen as Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man," “because I’m so afraid that I’ll die and then people will find my bucket list and be like, ‘Oh, she didn’t get to do that . . .’”
'I won’t make a bucket list,' Emma Stone tells Interview, 'because I’m so afraid that I’ll die and then people will find my bucket list and be like, ‘Oh, she didn’t get to do that.'
But after roles in a dozen movies, she has started to rack up her share of big moments. Crowe brings up her Oscar bit with Ben Stiller — and asks what she was thinking as she stood behind the curtain.
“That I’m about to go on stage at the Oscars with Ben Stiller. That’s what I’m thinking,” Stone says. “The second I walked out it felt like being in a sketch comedy show when I was 12 on my youth-theater stage again, and I wasn’t scared anymore. But before that, the anticipation was so great.
"Then I just realized, ‘It’s just like everything else, man.’ My great goal in life is to try to remember that everything is of equal value. That moment was no greater than any of my moments walking out on stage in my youth theater as a kid. It felt the exact same way — and it should feel the exact same way . . . But then you do have the moment when you look out and you’re like, “Holy s---. It’s Meryl Streep.”