Scott, who is famous for his role in Hawaii Five-0, has been quite open about making peace with his 82-year-old father following a turbulent relationship with him during his childhood days.
Through the highs and lows of life, James Caan has managed to share a strong bond with his son Scott Cann. Unfortunately, the legendary Godfather star passed away on Wednesday leaving behind five children, including his 45-year-old son, from four marriages.
Scott, who is famous for his role in Hawaii Five-0, has been quite open about making peace with his 82-year-old father following a turbulent relationship with him during his childhood days. "To say our relationship wasn't dysfunctional would be a lie. He saw me when I was a little rough around the edges," James told PEOPLE in 2010 referring to his battle with past drug addiction.
"My dad never told me he loved me, and consequently I told Scott I loved him every other minute" James Caan (1940 - 2022) pic.twitter.com/xr2yGzPIlA— Scott-Caan.Com (@ScottCaanCom) July 7, 2022
"Now we're really best buddies. ... I'm proud that he's grown up so well," said the late actor who shared Scott with his former wife Sheila. During an interview, Scott told PEOPLE that he no longer harbored any "resentment" towards his famous father. "He made mistakes that affected him — and me — but he's always been there for me no matter what," he admitted.
Back in 2003, James told Esquire how different his parenting style was from his own father's. "I never saw my dad cry. My son saw me cry. My dad never told me he loved me, and consequently I told Scott I loved him every other minute. The point is, I'll make less mistakes than my dad, my sons hopefully will make less mistakes than me, and their sons will make less mistakes than their dads," he shared candidly.
"And one of these days, maybe we'll raise a perfect Caan," he jokingly added. In 2010, the father-son duo opened up about costarring in the 2009 movie Mercy together. "I have a very unique relationship with Scott. He grew up with me," shared James, pointing at his years-long hiatus from Hollywood, according to LA Times.
James Caan, father of Scott Caan, passed away at 82. I'm glad we have a fun memory, of Scott & his dad, on Hawaii Five-0. Glad they were able to work together on the this iconic show. Aloha, James.🙏🌺😇 #AlexOLoughlin pic.twitter.com/oBB6xh1AQR— Rebel Campbell (@campbell_rebel) July 7, 2022
"I went through some bad times," he said of the phase when he finally sought help for his drug addiction problem. "I lost my sister and I got a little goofy and I got on drugs — coke — and I went through all of that. He was attached to my hip," he said of Scott. "My dad is a good example of someone who digs into life and goes, 'Yeah, that tore my heart out, but I'm going to try again,'" shared Scott at the time, noting that "his family was more important" to him than work.
"The best advice I give to young actors … was what comes first is my family and my friends. No matter what heights you achieve in this business, what is inevitable in every single case is there is a slide backward. Those people who've put all their eggs in the basket where it's everything, those are the people who hurt themselves. They get drugged out, they get really destructive. I'm not saying you shouldn't be the best. But when things go bad, he's got to have his dad, his girlfriend. He's got to have his brothers," added James.
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