Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 30th Anniversary Post 4

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30 years, 30 things you probably didn’t know about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

1. During the parade several of the people seen dancing (including the construction worker and the window washer) originally had nothing to do with the film. They were simply dancing to the music being played and John Hughes found it so humorous that he told the camera operators to record it.

2. To produce the desired drugged-out effect for his role as the drug addict in the police station, Charlie Sheen stayed awake for more than 48 hours before the scene was shot.

3. John Hughes told Ben Stein, who had a degree in Economics, to present an actual Economics lecture in his scenes. Hence nothing Stein says (aside from the roll call) is scripted.

4. Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, who played Ferris’ parents, married in real life after filming this movie.

5. Even though they played siblings, stars Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey would later become engaged after this movie. Tragically, approximately a year later, after Broderick finished filming Biloxi Blues, and before Grey’s premier for Dirty Dancing, the couple was involved in a fatal crash in Ireland, where the passengers of the other vehicle, a mother and daughter, died in the accident.

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6. In 2010, Edie McClurg told “Vanity Fair” magazine that her character’s hairdo should be from the 1960s, “because Grace felt she looked best in the [1960s] and kept her look from that era.” However, the womens hairdresser on the set had mainly been hired to blow out Mia Sara’s long, straight hair and didn’t know how to set the big 1960s hairstyles–so McClurg teased, set and styled her own character’s hair. Once she arrived on the set, John Hughes looked at her hairstyle and the first thing he said was, “How many pencils do you think you can fit in that hair?” They tested it with one pencil, then two and three, but the fourth one fell out–so that was the origin of Grace’s first scene in the movie, in which she pulls several lost pencils out of her hair.

7. Cameron’s father’s Ferrari wasn’t a real Ferrari. Because it was too expensive to rent one, three replicas were made. So, the 1961 Ferrari GT250 was a modified MG sports car. The producers received several angry letters from car enthusiasts who thought the car shown was a real Ferrari that was actually wrecked.

8. Alan Ruck was 29 years old when he played the role of teenager Cameron.

9. After working together on Weird Science (1985), John Hughes offered Bill Paxton the role of the garage attendant. However, Paxton turned it down because he felt the role was too small. He admits that he regrets turning it down because Hughes never offered him a role again.

10. According to the Inside Story (1986) documentary, Charlie Sheen’s character’s name is actually Garth Volbeck. There was going to be a whole back story to his character and family. It was also revealed that the Volbeck’s was the family to whom Ferris’ mom was showing the house for sale in her job as a realtor. If you look closely, the tow truck that towed Rooney’s car was from Volbeck’s Wrecking Service.

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11. Mia Sara beat Molly Ringwald to the role of Sloane Peterson because–according to director John Hughes–she had elegance.

12. The painting that Cameron admires is called “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”, by Georges Seurat. It is still on display at the Art Institute of Chicago.

13. John Hughes can be seen in a tiny cameo in one of the early Chicago downtown montage sequences, climbing literally across traffic, from right to left of screen, wearing a light blue jacket and big “’80s hairdo” (from DVD director’s commentary.)

14. John Hughes personally designed Ferris’ bedroom, mirrored mostly on his own bedroom when he was in high school. Hughes said that the room was a disorganized series of pop references and other things because it would represent Ferris’ mind.

15. Rob Lowe, John Cusack, Jim Carrey, Johnny Depp, Tom Cruise, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael J. Fox were all considered for the role of Ferris Bueller.

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16. The outfit Ferris is wearing (hat, sunglasses and trench-coat) when he picks up Sloane from school can be seen on a mannequin in his room behind his door as his parents leave his room at the beginning of the movie to go to work.

17. The Ferris Bueller character was named after John Hughes’ lifelong friend Bert Bueller.

18. In the scene in which Sloane and Ed Rooney are standing outside, waiting for Mr. Peterson, the school in the background was John Hughes’s old high school.

19. There is a poster for Simple Minds’ song “Don’t You Forget About Me” on Ferris’ wall. This song was featured prominently in director John Hughes’ earlier film The Breakfast Club (1985).

20. The Parade sequence (“Twist and Shout” scene) was filmed during the Von Steuben Day Parade, an annual event in the Chicagoland area.

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21. In the film, Ferris and Cameron are supposed to be 18 years old and Sloane, 17. In reality, Matthew Broderick was 23, Alan Ruck was 29, and Mia Sara was 18.

22. The song “Danke Schoen” is heard four times in the movie; When Ferris sings it in the shower, when Ed Rooney sings it after ringing the Buellers’ doorbell, when Ferris lip-syncs the Wayne Newton version during the parade, and when Jeanie sings it while walking down the stairs at the police station.

23. The bus scene that plays during the ending credits was a scene cut from the movie. It was meant to take place after Jeanie announced that she called the police, and Rooney had to find a place to hide. This explains why the sky isn’t dark, and why a bus is taking students home at 6:00 pm.

24. When Ferris hacks into the school’s computer to change the number of absences he had, it is a subtle reference to a scene in War Games (1983) when Matthew Broderick hacks into the school’s computer to change his grades.

25. A number of key moments in the movie were created in the editing room: Jeannie kicking Rooney three times in the face (when there was in fact only one kick filmed); Ferris and Sloane’s kiss in front of Rooney was originally just a brief kiss, but was later edited into the long kiss seen on film.

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26. The scenes shot at Cameron’s house began in September 1985 and finished in October of that year. The scene where the Ferrari was crashed was shot in mid-October. In order to have continuity and depict the garage scenes as the end of the school year, all of the leaves on the nearby trees were painted green. There is one scene after the Ferrari goes through the glass and the camera is down in the ravine looking up at the three actors standing in the garage looking down through the missing window. In the pane of glass next to them you can see reflections of distant trees which are yellow/orange as the fall colors were in full force by the time the scene was shot.

27. This film takes place on June 5, 1985.

28. Ben Stein, who plays the economics teacher in this movie, actually graduated from Columbia University in 1966 with honors in economics.

29. Cameron is wearing a Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings jersey. Howe was famous for playing professionally until he was in his early 50s, from 1946 until his retirement in 1980.

30. During the downtown parade scene they pass a theater playing the movie “Godzilla 85”. Matthew Broderick would go on to star in the movie Godzilla (1998) in 1998.

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Source: IMDb.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 30th Anniversary Post 3

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I said it before and I’ll say it again. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
– Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Where Are They Now? The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Part 2

Source for text: ScreenRant.Com.

To see the Part 1 of this post, please click here.

Edie McClurg

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McClurg plays the Dean’s lovable secretary/reluctant sidekick Grace. McClurg brought an uncontrollable likeness to the character, making the audience laugh with each new item she was able to pull out from her hair. After Bueller she landed a part along other comedy legends Steve Martin and John Candy in Planes, Trains and Automobiles, with the actress playing a hilariously confrontational car rental agent. She also appeared in Robert Redford’s drama A River Runs Through It in 1992.

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At the turn of the ’90s the actress found her niche in voice acting work, and has appeared in several high profile animated films. She’s provided voices for The Little Mermaid, Wreck It Ralph, and more recently, the box office phenomenon Frozen.

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Ben Stein

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Bueller? . . . Bueller? . . . Bueller? Ben Stein’s scene-stealing performance as the driest economics teacher of all time still remains one the movie’s most iconic moments. The monologue he gives about voodoo economics, which is completely improvised, is mind-numbingly hilarious as the students in his class look like they would rather be having their teeth pulled out. Stein was actually an accomplished speechwriter for both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford before agreeing to be in Hughes’ film.

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After Ferris Bueller, Stein landed himself a recurring role on the popular series The Wonder Years before appearing in a number of TV ads, most prominently for Clear Eyes. Since then he’s appeared in Seinfeld, The Mask, Ghostbusters, and even Family Guy. And who could forget his game show, Win Ben Stein’s Money, in which contestants could steal from Stein’s contractual pay for each episode by answering questions correctly. Today, Stein has stepped away from the acting spotlight, and frequently contributes a political column in the magazine, anyone? . . . anyone? The American Spectator.

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Cindy Pickett

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As Ferris’ naive mother, Cindy Pickett never suspects for a moment that her son is off serenading all of Chicago atop a parade float. She blindly believes her child is at home resting, as she should after Ferris’ performance, even though it was one of the worst of his career. Since her role in the film, Pickett has appeared in a vast number of movies and television shows, although none of them were nearly as popular as Ferris Bueller.

She starred in an acclaimed made-for-TV drama I Know My First Name is Steven in 1989, as well as the Stephen King-penned film Sleepwalkers in 1992 alongside Ferris co-star/on-screen husband Lyman Ward. Interestingly enough, after filming wrapped on the ’80s classic in question, Ward and Pickett fell in love and got married in real life. That marriage wasn’t quite as steady as their fictional one however, and the two divorced in 1992.

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Lyman Ward

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Tom Bueller almost busted his son as he is hailing a cab in the streets of Chicago. Ferris announces that he refuses to get caught however, and manages to dupe his clueless father, played by Lyman Ward. Before his role as a Bueller, Ward was working quite regularly, with bit parts in everything from Laverne & Shirley to Battlestar Galactica. The John Hughes film proved to be his biggest success however, as the actor received more visibility in the role than almost anything else he’s done.

After filming Ferris Bueller, Ward married co-star Cindy Pickett before divorcing in 1992. Since that time, he’s gotten parts in some noticeable television shows like JAG and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. He’s also appeared in a few Hollywood hits, albeit in small roles, which include 1996’s Independence Day and 1992’s Sleepwalkers.

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Richard Edson

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The sketchy parking lot attendant that took a joyride in Cameron’s very choice 1961 Ferrari is played by veteran actor Richard Edson. Cameron’s car, who his father loves more than him, is driven all around the back roads of Chicago by Edson’s character before bringing it back with, what appears to be, zero ramifications. Like the garage attendant from Day Off, Edson was known for playing seedy characters in the ’80s including Howard the Duck, Platoon and Good Morning, Vietnam.

He went on to play a notable role in the critically acclaimed Spike Lee movie Do the Right Thing. He then made the unfortunate decision to appear in the critically panned movie Super Mario Bros. In addition to his successes in film Edson is also involved in music, being the original drummer for the post-punk band Sonic Youth. Today, he lives in L.A. and still gets regular work, both as an actor and musician.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 30th Anniversary Post 2

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Where are they Now? The Cast of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Part 1

Source for text: ScreenRant.Com.

You know his name. Bueller… Ferris Bueller.

He’s the ultimate slacker kingpin in John Hughes’ seminal ’80s teen comedy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, which inspired millions of kids to not take life too seriously. The movie was an enormous success upon release, becoming one of the most beloved comedies of the decade. Most notable was the nigh-perfect group of characters Hughes created, and of course, the actors he enlisted to play them.

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It may be hard to believe, but the comedy classic is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary in June. It’s crazy to think that that much time has passed since Ferris took that fateful day off of school, but then, life does move pretty fast. As such, it’s time to stop and take a look around and see what the cast members of this classic have been up to all these years. Here are the ups and downs of the stars of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Matthew Broderick

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The walrus himself, Broderick brought the titular wise guy to life in what proved to be a career defining role. Ferris’ quest to have one of the most legendary days of hooky in high school history was not to be denied. He convinces his (actually sick) best friend Cameron to borrow his father’s Ferrari for a day on the town, and, weirdly enough, a car almost ended Broderick’s career just as it was taking off. Less than a year after Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released in the U.S., the actor and his co-star/secret girlfriend Jennifer Grey were involved in a controversial car crash while vacationing in Ireland. The crash killed a mother and child in the opposite car. Broderick, who fractured his leg and ribs in the accident, was nearly charged with a crime that may have led to significant jail time, but only payed a small fine in the end.

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After the success of Ferris Bueller, he went on to star in the 1989 Civil War epic Glory, which won 3 Oscars. He also found a great deal of success in the ’90s as the voice of all-grown-up Simba in the Disney smash hit The Lion King. He went on to star in a series of hits and misses on the big screen, including 1998’s GodzillaInspector Gadget, The Stepford Wives and Deck the Halls. He’s also dabbled in Broadway musicals, having been nominated for a Tony for his performance in The Producers only to lose to his co-star, Nathan Lane.

Although he’s had a series of relationships with various actresses (Grey, Helen Hunt, and Lili Taylor), Broderick settled down with Sex in the City star Sarah Jessica Parker in 1997. The two remain together nearly two decades later, and they have three children together. Broderick may not have ever outdone his most famous role, though he’s certainly still getting steady work. He was last seen in a cameo role in last summer’s Trainwreck, and he’s attached to co-star in an as of yet untitled Howard Hughes-based film (directed by Warren Beatty)scheduled for a 2016 release.

Alan Ruck

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One of the standout moments of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is when Ferris’ quiet, reserved BFF Cameron goes totally “berserk.” Thanks to Alan Ruck’s onscreen charisma and youthful looking face (he turned 30 when the film was released) he was able to embody the spirit of the character as he transforms from a tightly wound diamond creator to a confident adolescent in control of his own destiny. After the movie, Ruck took a series of backseat supporting roles, from 1990’s Young Guns II to 1996’s Twister. You might also recognize him as Annoying Tourist Guy from Speed.

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He landed a lead role in the popular series Spin City alongside Michael J. Fox in the ’90s, and then later Charlie Sheen in the 2000s. Today, Ruck stays busy with a number of television roles including Medium, Persons Unknown, and various CSI incarnations. His most recent endeavors include a return to stage acting, as well as a Netflix-based feature film project alongside Brad Pitt titled War Machine.

Mia Sara

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Sara’s big break came in 1985 when she starred opposite Tom Cruise in Ridley Scott’s adventure pic Legend. With it she was able to land the role of Ferris’ girlfriend, Sloan Peterson. Since moving on from her role as the plucky high schooler, she’s somewhat been avoiding the limelight. In 1994 she starred alongside Jean Claude Van Damme in Timecop, a science fiction piece that actually won Sara a Saturn Award for best supporting actress — no small feat.

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The actress has tried her hat on television, scoring numerous roles throughout the years. In 2002, she played Dr. Harleen Quinzel aka Harley Quinn, the main antagonist in the short-lived series Birds of Prey, which focused on the years after Batman’s exile into solitude. In her personal life, Sara has a private piloting license, as well as a habit of falling for the sons of Hollywood icons. In 1996, she married Jason Connery, the son of Sean Connery, though the two divorced in 2002 and she’s now married to Ben Henson, the son of Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Jennifer Grey

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The ’80s were a great time for Jennifer Grey. After the success of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off she was reunited with Patrick Swayze (the two had previously starred together in Red Dawn) for 1987’s Dirty Dancing. The movie was a megahit that earned the actress a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Her scenes dancing with Swayze set to the song “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” still remain cinema staples in pop-culture moments.

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As the ’80s drew to a close unfortunately, so too did the actress’ career. Grey acknowledges her ability to get work suffered from undergoing plastic surgery procedures. The actress even pokes fun of this fact in the 1999 sitcom It’s Like, You Know . . ., playing herself in a role with a running gag about her noticeable nose job. Although she hasn’t reached the heights she did when she appeared in Ferris Bueller and Dirty Dancing, Grey stays busy with smaller movie parts and various TV roles. In 2010 she showed off her dance moves in ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, a competition which she won, and the following year, she married her husband Clark Gregg, better known as Agent Coulson from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Charlie Sheen

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In all of Hollywood history no star has publicly burned out and imploded more than that of Charlie Sheen. In Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Jennifer Grey’s Jeannie asks Sheen’s character what he’s in jail for. Sheen, whose character’s name is Boy in Police Station, quizzically responds with a straight face: “drugs.” Ironically, Sheen would run into the same problem with regularity later on in his career. After Ferris Bueller, Sheen racked up a highly successful movie career, starring in hits like Platoon, Wall Street, and Major League, and he followed it with a fruitful TV career with his hit television show Two and a Half Men. Unfortunately, heavy cocaine use coupled with offensive media rants led to Sheen’s termination from the popular CBS show.

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And then Charlie kind of went berserk.

In the years following Two and a Half Men, Sheen spiraled down a twisted path of heavy drug use, public rants and strange behavior. He was able to pool his resources into getting another show on FX, Anger Management, but it was cancelled after just two seasons. His string of self-destructive behavior came to an unfortunate head this past year with the actor’s announcement that he was in fact HIV positive. Here’s hoping the former A-Lister can turn it around so he can get back to dispensing sound psychological advice to overbearing sisters in police stations.

Jeffrey Jones

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The wacked out Dean of Students, Ed Rooney had more than an unbridled determination to catch Ferris skipping school. It was a complete and total obsession, one that eventually led Rooney to break into the Bueller family home and assault the family dog, down a twisted path he probably wasn’t going to recover from. Unfortunately, the same can be said of the actor who played him, Jeffrey Jones.

After the role that made him a cultural icon, Jones wasn’t exactly struggling to find work. He landed roles in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice and Sleepy Hollow, and appeared alongside Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves in The Devil’s Advocate. But all of this was overshadowed by the public attention toward his arrest in 2002, in which Jones was accused of paying a 14 year old boy to allow him to take graphic photographs. He was subsequently sentenced to 5 years of probation and was forced to register himself as a sex offender. He’s had multiple arrests in the years since, as Jones has either failed to update his status as an offender or update his registration in both Florida and California.

To be continued Post #2.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 30th Anniversary Post 1

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a 1986 American comedy film written, produced and directed by John Hughes. The film follows high school senior Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick), who skips school and spends the day in downtown Chicago along with his girlfriend Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) and best friend Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck). He creatively avoids his school’s dean of students Edward Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), his resentful sister Jeannie (Jennifer Grey), and his parents. During the film, Bueller regularly breaks the fourth wall by speaking directly to the camera to explain to the audience his thoughts and techniques.

Hughes wrote the screenplay in less than a week and shot the film, on a budget of $5.8 million, over three months in 1985. Featuring many famous Chicago landmarks including the then Sears Tower and the Art Institute of Chicago, the film was Hughes’ love letter to the city: “I really wanted to capture as much of Chicago as I could. Not just in the architecture and landscape, but the spirit.”

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Released by Paramount Pictures on June 11, 1986, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off became one of the top-grossing films of the year and was enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike. In 2014, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry as per being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” In 2016, Paramount Pictures, Turner Classic Movies, and Fathom Events will re-release the film, along with Pretty in Pink, to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary.

Source: Wikipedia. Read more on IMDb.

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Directed by John Hughes
Produced by John Hughes, Tom Jacobson
Written by John Hughes
Starring Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara, Alan Ruck, Jeffrey Jones, Jennifer Grey, Charlie Sheen.
Music by Ira Newborn, Arthur Baker, John Robie
Cinematography Tak Fujimoto
Edited by Paul Hirsch
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date: June 11, 1986
Running time: 103 minutes
Country: United States
Budget $5.8 million
Box office $70.1 million

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