Kevin Smith and the Cast Reflect on the Movie That 'Kick-Started a Generation'

October 16, 2023 – 02:24 am
Breakfast Club reunionOn Monday, September 20, The Paris Theater in New York City filled to standing-room only for a 25th-anniversary screening of the seminal teen classic 'The Breakfast Club.' The event, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, celebrated not just the 1985 hit, but the life of writer-director John Hughes, who passed away last August at the age of 59.

Ally SheedyAfter the screening, the audience was treated to a special 90-minute Q&A with four of its stars: Judd Nelson ("Bender"), Anthony Michael Hall ("Brian"), Molly Ringwald ("Claire") and Ally Sheedy ("Allison"). Notably absent was the other main cast member, Emilio Estevez, who Ringwald joked was "the Greta Garbo of the Brat Pack - he just wants to be left alone." The night was moderated by noted Hughes fan Kevin Smith, who declared, "I saw this movie when I was 14 years old, and from that moment on, I wanted to join the Breakfast Club. Tonight, thanks to one omission, I can. Tonight only, I'm standing in for the jock."

Also, in attendance for the evening were Hughes' two sons, James and John Jr., as well as his wife, Nancy.Judd Nelson Smith closed the evening out, to a standing ovation, by thanking Nancy: "Without you, he probably wouldn't have done the things he did; because you were there for him, he was there for us." For fans who could not be in attendance, Moviefone presents the cast's thoughts on the film, its legacy and the genius of John Hughes.

Molly Ringwald: What [John] told me was, while he was casting locally for 'The Breakfast Club' and writing 'Sixteen Candles, ' he had been given a stack of head shots - and he just picked my head shot out and put it on his board above where he was writing about this girl. So when it came time to cast that part, he came out to Los Angeles, and they said, "Who do you want to meet?" And he said, "I want to meet that girl." At the end of 'Sixteen Candles, ' at the end of the summer, he asked Michael and I to participate in 'The Breakfast Club.'

Anthony Michael Hall: I was that actual age - I was 15. I refer to it as the "puberty on film" trilogy; 'Weird Science' completes it.

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