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8 Lesser-Known Breakfast Club and Brat Pack Facts



It's been three decades since John Hughes movie first taught us that 'each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess and a criminal.'

#8 Molly Ringwald never auditioned for ‘The Breakfast Club‘

  #8 Molly Ringwald never auditioned for ‘The Breakfast Club‘

Ringwald first met Hughes after she played the role of Samantha in 'Sixteen Candles.' Anthony Michael Hall and she were offered the job for 'The Breakfast Club', immediately after they finished filming. The only person who had to audition for the role was Judd Nelson.

#7 Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor.

#7 Rick Moranis was originally cast as the janitor.

Before Ringwald, the janitor was supposed to represent John Bender. He had the costume and the fur hat, but after shooting for a few days, Hughes decided to cast John Kapelos instead.

#6 The title was originally going to be ‘The Lunch Bunch’

  #6 The title was originally going to be ‘The Lunch Bunch’

It was initially going to be called 'The Lunch Bunch’ but a friend of John from another school had a detention class called 'The Breakfast Club,' so he decided to go with that.

#5 Anthony Michael Hall's character, Brian, was originally interpreted as having a learning disability.

  #5 Anthony Michael Hall's character, Brian, was originally interpreted as having a learning disability.

Everything fell into place when Burch and her team saw the footage from 'Sixteen Candles.' Prior to his casting, there was a lot of confusion surrounding the role and how it should be handled.

#4 The movie was filmed in chronological order.

  #4 The movie was filmed in chronological order.

It’s difficult to shoot a film in chronological order, but it became possible for this movie as they used the same set every day.

"I think it’s the only movie I’ve ever made that was shot in chronological order," Ringwald said.

There are more such facts coming up ahead. Continue reading.

#3 Judd Nelson almost got fired from the film.

  #3 Judd Nelson almost got fired from the film.

Nelson often stayed off-camera, instigating problems with Ringwald. But Hughes was very protective of her and Anthony Michael Hall.

Day by day, Hughes was getting angrier, and one day he said, "That’s it. I’m firing him."

#2 Ringwald picked her own costume.

  #2 Ringwald picked her own costume.

Ringwald had clearly told the specifications of the costume to the costume designer, but when the costume arrived, it didn’t look like what they discussed.

So, Hughes took Ringwald shopping, and she picked the outfit herself.

#1 Ringwald can’t do the famous ‘lipstick trick’

  #1 Ringwald can’t do the famous ‘lipstick trick’

The question Ringwald gets asked a lot, nobody can put on lipstick with their breasts.

Ringwald remembers getting more and more nervous about filming it as the scene approached. She thought there might be robots or other mechanics involved, but in the end, ‘it was just movie magic.’



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