It’s hard not to love the idea behind “The Breakfast Club,” and that got us thinking: how fun would a re-make be? Of course, much of what made “The Breakfast Club” fun was its originality, its teen movie charm, and of course, the actors and actresses involved. Certainly, a re-make would be a massive adjustment, and there are plenty of fans of the original who might not like the idea. But just for fun, here are a few ideas for each main student character.
Played, of course, by Emilio Estevez in the original, Andrew is the “athlete” of the group whose main problem in the Breakfast Club discussion is a poor relationship with his father. This character could easily be updated, as by now we’ve seen father/son relationship issues in far too many movies. Perhaps something a bit more “modern,” like an online gambling issue, could plague Andrew. He could spill to the others about a tendency to play games online at the Betfair Exchange for hours on end, gambling real money in the security of his own home. It’s just one idea of a fun modern activity that could represent a teen addiction. Casting: Dave Franco. It’s bold, but an oddly fitting choice.
Johnson, the “brain,” is a more morose character, and memorable as “the one who’s thought about suicide.” This is a bit too heavy of a topic to mess with, and the high school misfit driven to dark thoughts is a timeless character type. Casting: Ezra Miller. It’s type-casting at this point, but he’s an excellent brooder.
The “criminal” who lives in an abusive household and incidentally has access to weed while at school could perhaps use a new spin in a hypothetical re-make. Perhaps he could be a young man (still with drugs) caught up in sketchy entrepreneurship. These days, kids can access plenty of get-rich-quick schemes. Whether it’s flipping iPhones, pirating movies, etc., he could have plenty of modernized ways to get in trouble. Casting: Dane DeHaan. He’s getting big, and seems ideally suited to a troubled teen role.
The “basket case” who has a problem with telling the truth is perhaps the most generic and least interesting of the original characters. Perhaps she could be updated as the darker teen girl working at a bar despite being underage, or struggling in a relationship with an older guy. Casting: AnnaSophia Robb. We’d just like to see Robb take on some bigger roles after her excellent work in “The Way Way Back.”
The virgin, and more specifically the “princess,” is another character it’s tough to mess with too much. Particularly after having been played by Molly Ringwald, this character is iconic, and could use a straight update. Casting: Emma Watson. It’s hard not to see her knocking it out of the park.
Her role as the loveable freak Allison in The Breakfast Club showed her ability to tackle even the most difficult of roles and that she wasn’t only the ‘girlfriend’ for the leading man.
Ally’s body of work in the 90’s included the critically acclaimed High Art. She has since gone on to land roles in The Dead Zone and Kyle XY.
Ally Sheedy Biography
Ally’s big break was writing a story at age 12 about an encounter between Elizabeth I and a mouse. The story was picked up and published by McGraw-Hill and was titled ‘She Was Nice To Mice’. It became a bestseller.
From a very young age until her early teens Ally danced with the American Ballet Theatre. When she realized dancing meant a very strict diet regime she turned to acting full time. Still in her teens she was getting a lot of offers of work from various newspapers and magazines including the Village Voice and the New York Times.
Eventually, Ally decided to take an offer to write a piece on her and her Mother for Ms. Magazine.
An appearance on the Mike Douglas Show to promote her book led to her being signed by an agent who saw the show. At 18 Ally enrolled in the drama department at USC and soon landed roles in ‘The Best Little Girl In The World’, ‘Homeroom and ‘Hill Street Blues’. Her big break came as Sean Penn’s girlfriend JC in the film ‘Bad Boys’.
Her next role was in the 1983 movie ‘War Games’ with Matthew Broderick. After this came ‘Oxford Blues’ with Rob Lowe, ‘The Breakfast Club’ and ‘St Elmo’s Fire’.
In 1992 Ally married David Lansbury and in 1994 they had a daughter named Rebecca.
In recent years Ally has won Best Actress awards from both the Los Angeles Film Critics’ Circle and the National Society of Film Critics. She also won Best Female Lead from the Independent Spirit Awards for her performance as Lucy Berlinger in High Art.
Ally Sheedy Quotes
“I started writing because I used to tell stories to the children who lived nearby and when I was six I started writing them down. I write poetry and plays, too, and writing is important to me. It is important for me to express my feelings and thoughts. If I’m feeling angry or wonderful or upset or happy I just write it out and reread the feelings over and over again. When I’m depressed I read something I wrote when I was happy and I can feel a great lift in my spirits. I love writing!”
“It’s so unfair. The term “Brat Pack” is so condescending.”
Ally Sheedy Links
Ally Sheedy Pages – Great Ally site
The pretty boy but also the bad boy of the Brat Pack, Rob Lowe was the 80’s pin up. Although he became best known for his sex tape, Rob had a string of big hits in the 80’s including The Outsiders, Class, St Elmo’s Fire and Youngblood. He relaunched his career playing Sam in The West Wing and has gone one to make a couple of major movies as well as treading the boards on the London stage.
Rob Lowe Biography
Rob Lowe was born on 17th March 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lowe grew up in Los Angeles, going to Santa Monica High School with brother Chad and fellow Brat Pack member, Emilio Estevez.
Rob began modelling at a young age and broke into acting in his teens. He was inspired to become an actor after he saw a production of Oliver when he was ten years old.
The 1979 sitcom A New Kind of Family was Rob’s first major TV role. After a few failed pilots, Lowe landed the role of Sodapop Curtis in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders. Later in 1983, Lowe played a student whose Mother has an affair with his roommate in Class.
The Brat Pack Years
The Hotel New Hampshire and Oxford Blues followed, before arguably Lowe’s best performance of the 80’s in the Brat Pack smash St Elmo’s Fire. Lowe played Billy Hicks, a frat boy unable to keep a job and unwilling to grow up.
1986 movie Square Dance, won Lowe a Golden Globe nomination. He portrayed a mentally challenged character with great compasion and drew critical acclaim.
Rob Lowe’s career took a nose dive after being caught on camera having sex with two girls, one of which was only sixteen years old. This took place in Atlanta at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Lowe did not know the girl was underage as they had met in a bar.
A sex tape Lowe had made prior to this being released did nothing to help his public iamage. It was also a threesome. He entered rehab for sex and alcohol addiction soon after.
Rob Lowe’s Comeback
After a couple of apperances on Saturday Night Live, Lowe gave good performances in Bad Influence (1990), Waynes World (1992), The Stand (1994) and a supporting role in Contact (1997).
As with Waynes World, Lowe’s friendship with Mike Myers probably led to his role in the Austin Powers sequel. Lowe played the young Number Two.
The West Wing
Rob’s biggest role in recent times was playing Sam Seaborn in the TV series The West Wing. In the Pilot, Sam Seaborn was the main character. The strong cast including Martin Sheen came into their own and the Seaborn character had to share center stage.
Both Lowe and the the series creator Aaron Sorkin, quit the show in 2003 due to differences over Seaborn’s direction and the script in general. The West Wing lost a large number of viewers after their depature and the show changed for the worst.
Lowe had a couple of new shows, The Lyons Den and Dr Vegas but neither fared well in the ratings and were both cancelled. His most recent work includes a stint in the London play A Few Good Men alongside Surranne Jones and the 2006 movie Thank You For Smoking.
As well as currently starring in hit TV show Brothers and Sisters, Rob Lowe also had a major role in the 2009 Ricky Gervais movie The Invention of Lying.
Rob Lowe Quotes
“When I was young and crazy, I was young and crazy. It can be hard enough just to BE in your teens and 20s. Then add fame, money, access, and every single person telling you that you’re the greatest person who ever was, and it can be a recipe for disaster. Some people literally don’t survive it.”
Rob Lowe Links
Lowe-Impact– Official Rob Lowe fansite.
Rob on Wiki– A detailed bio for Rob Lowe on Wikipedia.
Demi Moore was probably more successful in the 90’s than she was in the 80’s, but her role as Jules in St Elmo’s Fire, as well as her relationship with Emilio Etsevez, cemented her place in The Brat Pack. About Last Night was her other big 80’s hit but it was 1990’s Ghost alongside Patrick Swayze that really launched her as a global superstar.
Demi Moore Biography
Demetria Gene Guynes was born on 11th November 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico and spent her childhood in the suburbs of Pittsburg. Her biological father left her mother before she was born. As a result, Morre was give the Surname of her stepfather, Danny Guynes.
Danny Guynes frequently changed jobs, and made the family move fourty times. He committed suicide in 1980. Moore’s parents were bot alcoholics and frequently fought and beat each other.
Demi Moore’s family settled in Los Angeles in 1976. At 16, Moore was pursuaded by a friend to drop out of high school to become an actress.
Her big break came in the soap opera General Hospital where she played Jackie Templeton for a year from 1982. This led to bigger movie roles including the Bart Pack films, St Elmo’s Fire and About Last Night.
The 90’s and current work
During the 90’s, Demi Moore was at one point the highest paid actress in Hollywood. She became the first actress to be paid $10 million for a movie and starred in smash hits including Ghost, Disclosure, A Few Good Men and Indecent Proposal.
The mid nineties saw Moore’s career suffer slightly and she eventually took a break from acting. She returned in 2003 with a starring role in Charlie’s Angles: Full Throttle. She most recently appeared in the Emilio Estevez picture, Bobby.
Demi Moore has been married three times, to Freddie Moore from 1980 – 1984, to Bruce Willis from 1987 – 2000 and most recently to Aston Kutcher in 2005.
Demi Moore Quotes
“There’s this idea that if you take your clothes off, somehow you must have loose morals. There’s still a negative attitude in our society towards women who use a strength that’s inherent – their femininity – in any way that might be considered seductive.”
“Time is an amazing equalizer. I think if you stay true to yourself and keep moving forward, things come around.”
Demi Moore Links
Demi Moore on IMDB – Demi’s IMDB page.
The Geek was how we best knew the Anthony Michael Hall of the 80’s. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science saw him play all similar types of character. After a decade out of the limelight, he’s come back to have his own hit show, The Dead Zone, as well as a role in the movie of the year, The Dark Knight.
Anthony Michael Hall Biography
Anthony Michael Hall was born on 14th April, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts. He is one of very few actors that managed to achieve success in the 80’s and again in the 00’s.
Anthony was born Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall but dropped the Michael and the Charles. His career began in the late 70’s, appearing in various commercials before a couple of solid screen performances in the TV movie The Gold Bug followed by the 1982 Kenny Rogers film Six Pack.
1983’s National Lampoon’s Vacation gave Anthony Michael Hall his major break. Hall played Rusty Griswold, son of Chevy Chase. This performance caught the attention of the film’s screenwriter John Hughes who said, “For [Hall] to upstage Chevy, I thought, was a remarkable accomplishment for a 13-year-old kid.”
The John Hughes Partnership
The next part of Hall’s career would surround his relationship with John Hughes, starring in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science. In Sixteen Candles, Hall was cast as the geek, Farmer Ted. He really stole the movie with his performance and this led to similar roles in both The Breakfast Club (Brian Johnson) and Weird Science (Gary Wallace). All three roles were in the geek mould and all were played to perfection by Hall.
Worrying about being typecast, Anthony turned down parts written specifically for him by Hughes in both Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Pretty In Pink. Hall instead took a part in 1986 film Out Of Bounds, a critical and financial disaster, taking only $5m at the US Box Office.
Hall was offered the lead in the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket but negotiation broke down. “It was a difficult decision, because in that eight-month period, I read everything I could about the guy, and I was really fascinated by him,” Hall said when asked about the film. “I wanted to be a part of that film, but it didn’t work out. But all sorts of stories circulated, like I got on set and I was fired, or I was pissed at him for shooting too long. It’s all not true.”
At the age of 17, Anthony Michael Hall became the youngest ever member of the cast of Saturday Night Live. He didn’t stay with the show long and never really achieved what he wanted to although he was grateful for the learning experience.
After a two year battle with drink, Hall returned to the big screen with a part in the 1990 hit Edward Scissorhands, opposite Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. Next came a few low budget movies before starring alongside Will Smith in Six Degrees Of Separation. Hall described this as “the hardest role [he] ever had.”
In 1999, Hall landed the part of Bill Gates in The Pirates Of Silicon Valley. Hall was widely praised for his portrayal of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. “I really fought for this part because I knew it would be the role of a lifetime,” Hall said. “It was a thrill and a daunting challenge to play someone of his stature and brilliance.”
The Dead Zone
2002 saw Hall come back to somewhere near his success of the 80’s with the lead role in TV show, The Dead Zone. Hall plays Johnny Smith, a small town teacher involved in a car accident that leaves him in a coma for six years. He awakes with certain powers and visions that he eventually uses to help solve crimes. The show debuted on June 16th 2002 and drew the highest ratings for a premiere than any other cable series in television history.
The Dead Zone is currently into its 5th season and has been picked up for a 6th, due to start in the summer of 2007.
Anthony Michael Hall Quotes
“Playing a character that develops from within was very attractive to me. In playing this part, it is challenging to find the mind, body and spirit for the role of John Smith. I do watch Star Trek episodes a lot more closely now!” (On why he chose the character Johnny Smith, in the Dead Zone)
“I grew up in the public eye. I can’t hide from that. I always embrace the work I’ve done before. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for those movies. I’m always baffled by actors who are like, ‘I’m not going to talk about the ’80s.’ What? You’re just forgetting that whole experience? I feel very fortunate to have been able to do those films. It gave me the tools I needed to be where I am.”
Anthony Michael Hall Links
Anthony Michael Hall – The official Anthony Michael Hall website.
MySpace– Anthony’s MySpace page.
Andrew McCarthy was the one Brat Packer who had more than a handful of hits in the 80’s. He went off and held the lead role in both Mannequin and Weekend at Bernie’s in addition to his Brat Pack roles in Class, St Elmo’s and Pretty In Pink.
He often played the leading man and or heart throb but he was also just as comfortable in co-starring roles.
He has gone on to become an extremely accomplished actor.
Andrew McCarthy Biography
Andrew McCarthy was born on 29th November 1962 in Westfield New Jersey. He attended Edison Intermediate School and at the age of 16 his family moved to New York where he attended Pingry School, performed in plays and musicals and played basketball.
Andrew went to New York University as a theatre major and soon landed the lead in the 1983 film, Class. This was Andrew’s film debut and he starred alongside Jacquelyn Bisset and Rob Lowe.
Class was followed by a succession of box office hits for McCarthy including St Elmo’s Fire, Pretty In Pink, Mannequin Less Than Zero and Weekend At Bernie’s.
McCarthy’s roles became less mainstream but did draw more critical acclaim. His most well known movie of this period was probably 1996’s Mullholland Falls.
Stage work and current roles
McCarthy made his Broadway debut in 1985 in the Vietnam drama The Boys of Winter. The last five years have seen him star in no less than nine plays including the Tony award-winning Sideman on Broadway.
Kingdom Hospital was Andrew’s biggest role of recent times. He played the lead role Dr Hook in this 2004 mini series from Stephen King. Andrew has also appeared in Monk, Law and Order and E-Ring in recent times.
Andrew McCarthy Quotes
“I have to accept the fact that these films have had a fantastic effect on people, and to deny that doesn’t make any sense until I do something that has the same cultural and social impact of those movies. That’s just the way it is.”
“I thought I understood the story very well, because I’ve lived with it for so long. But movies change and take on a life of their own once they start to be made, and you have to keep your eye on the real ball, not the ball that’s in your head.”
Andrew McCarthy Links
Andrew McCarthy – Andrew McCarthy’s official site.
Andrew Appreciation Site – Includes biography, pictures, movie and stage information, and trivia facts.
Judd Nelson was the rebel, Bender, in The Breakfast Club. This was the movie that really launched him into the big time and he followed up with St Elmo’s Fire and Transformers. Although his body of work since has been all about B movies, he will always be fondly remembered as the guy that stole Claire’s heart in The Breakfast Club.
Judd Nelson Biography
Judd Asher Nelson was born on 28th November 1959 in Portland, Maine to Jewish American parents. He attended St Paul’s School in New Hampshire, then went to college in Pennsylvania.
Judd was hugely popular in the 80’s with roles in such box office success stories as The Breakfast Club and St Elmo’s Fire. Judd also provided the voice of Hot Rod in Transformers The Movie.
Nelson’s career failed to take off as excpected after these successes and he starred in a fair few flops during the late 80’s and early 90’s, his only real hit being New Jack City.
One of the show’s lead actors, David Strickland, comitted suicide on March 22nd, 1999. Judd was close friends with David anddidn’t return for the following season after his death.
Stage work and current roles
In 2001, Judd played the Sheriff in Jay andSilent Bob Strike Back. Kevin Smith has been a fan of Judd ever since his Brat Pack days.
Nelson currently does various stage roles and recently appeared on the hit TV show, CSI.
Judd Nelson Quotes
“I think that there’s room for everyone. I don’t think that if one person succeeds then another must fail. That’s lunacy. I’m not sure what the reasons are for my philosophy, maybe it’s the fact that if there are ten people doing the same job, we all know how we feel and what our high points and low points are.”
Judd Nelson Links
Judd Nelson Website – Very good UK fan site.
Emilio Estevez was the original 80’s heart throb. What he lacked in height he more than made up for in cuteness and charisma. He was part of the legendary Breakfast Club and he also starred as the slightly annoying but very memorable Kirby in St Elmo’s Fire. His career had a bit more longevity than some of his fellow Brat Packers with hits in the 90’s including the two Young Guns films as well as a short but very important role in Mission Impossible.
Emilio Estevez Biography
Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962 in New York, is the eldest son of Martin Sheen and Janet Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen.
Even before finishing high school in 1980, Emilio had already acted as his famous father’s stand-in on the set of Apocalypse Now (1979), and also had a small role as a messenger boy that was ultimately cut from the film.
By the 80’s, Emilio got much more involved with acting, and made the decision to use his father’s real name, Estevez, rather than his stage name of Sheen.
The 1982 movie Tex was Estevez’s first main feature film where he starred opposite Matt Dillon. He followed this up with The Outsiders, which, like Tex, was adapted from a novel by S.E. Hinton. Dillon was also a star of The Outsiders. Emilio drew critical acclaim for his next role in the Movie Repo Man. He played a punk rocker named Otto and was schooled in the ways of car repossession by Harry Dean Stanton.
Emilio was due to play the lead role in Platoon in 1986 but financing fell through on the film and his brother Charlie Sheen ended up playing the role five years later.
Bender was going to be Emilio’s role in The Breakfast Club but when John Hughes couldn’t find anyone to play Andrew, Estevez switched parts with Bender being taken over by Judd Nelson.
St Elmo’s Fire saw Estevez play a slightly older character, alongside fellow Brat Packer’s Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy. This was probably ‘the’ Brat Pack movie and chronicled the troubles of a group of friends having recently finished college.
After the less than successful Maximum Overdrive, Emilio went behind the camera for the 1986 movie Wisdom. This made him the the youngest Hollywood star to ever direct and write a film that he also top-billed.
Stakeout, followed by the smash hit Young Guns, saw Estevez right back to his best. Both films spurned slightly less successful singles. Emilio used his hot streak to push his second attempt behind the camera, Men At Work. Not a huge smash at the time, Men At Work is now a cult classic.
A minor role in Mission Impossible was followed by Rated X, a biopic of the porn producing Mitchell Brothers. The film also co starred brother Charlie Sheen.
In recent times, he directed episodes of series television, including the shows Cold Case and CSI.
Emilio has just completed work on a movie he wrote and directed called Bobby. It’s the story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, on June 6th, 1968, which centers around 22 people who were at the Ambassador Hotel where he was killed. It features and all star cast including Anthony Hopkins and Sharon Stone.
Emilio Estevez Quotes
“What’s the level of compromise for making that kind of money? How far do I have to sell my soul? What’s the price of that? And I don’t know if I want to make those kind of compromises any more. I think I’m a different person. I think I’ve matured to a great extent. I think that I want different things now. That it’s not about the celebrity status that you receive because you’re doing the next hot movie. It’s about doing good work.”
“Writing is a lonely job, unless you’re a drinker, in which case you always have a friend within reach.”
“People come up to me on the street and say, ‘Men at Work (1990) is the funniest movie I ever saw in my life’. But, you know, I do have to question how many movies these people have seen.”
Emilio Estevez Links
AIMSTERS – A celebration of Emilio Estevez and his work in both television and cinema.
Emilio on Wiki – A detailed bio for Emilio Estevez on Wikipedia.
Molly Ringwald was the 80’s icon. Girls wanted to be her and boys wanted to be with her! Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink and The Breakfast Club were the 80’s movies that matter and Molly stole the show in all of them. Her career since may not have been as successful but she will remain a screen legend for all time.
Molly Ringwald Bio
Molly Ringwald was born on 18th February 1968 in Roseville California and is the daughter of Robert and Adele Ringwald. Her father Robert is a renowned blind jazz pianist. Molly began getting involved in the entertaainment business at a very early age, performing with her dad’s Dixieland Band, The Fulton Street Jazz Band. She even released an album at six years old titled ‘I Wanna Be Loved By You, Molly Sings’.
A stage role in Alice in Wonderland followed by a stint in the tv show ‘The New Mickey Mouse Club’ were the next stages in Molly’s career. She followed that by joining a West Coast Production of “Annie” when she was ten years old. ‘The Facts of Life’ show on NBC then established her and even though she was axed from the show, it gave her a platform to do other things.
Molly’s first major role was in the 1982 film, Tempest. Although it wasn’t a smash hit, it was enough to get her more attention and more film offers. She went on to appear in the small budget movies, P.K. and the Kid and Packin It In.
The John Hughes Connection
Next for Molly was the film that launched her to super stardom, ‘Sixteen Candles’. Her film work had gained the attention of one John Hughes who cast her in the lead role of Samantha. It’s Samantha’s sixteenth birthday and this event slips her parent’s minds. The film was an instant classic and started a long and fruitful relationship between Ringwald and Hughes.
The Breakfast Club was the second collaboration between Molly Ringwald and John Hughes and proved to be an even bigger hit than Sixteen Candles. Molly plays Claire Standish, and stars alongside fellow Brat Packers Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, and Ally Sheedy.
The two finally worked together on Molly’s biggest hit, Pretty In Pink. This was to be her last film with director John Hughes after she turned down his offer of the lead role in Some Kind of Wonderful.
Fall From Grace
After Pretty In Pink, Molly never managed to recapture the same level of success and after a string of flops, she turned down or missed out on roles in such box office hits as Ghost and Pretty Woman.
Face the Music was filmed in Paris, where Molly stayed for four years and married Valery Lameignere. After returning to the US, she starred in Malicious, which featured her first and only topless scene.
Townies was a short lived sitcom which was cancelled after one series despite being well received. Molly did various film work following this but without much success.
Molly has since focused her attention on the stage and has appaeared in a variety of plays including Tick, Tick, Boom, Enchanted April and Cabaret. She also starred in When Harry Met Sally on London’s West End.
Since divorcing Valery Lameignere in 2002, Molly met her boyfriend, writer Panio Gianopoulos and the two now have a baby girl together, Mathilda Ereni, born 22 October 2003.
Molly Ringwald Quotes
“I think I was blessed to be given the opportunity to be in those [Brat Pack] movies. I think they’re great movies, and I’m proud of my work in them. But on the other hand, to talk about something I did so long ago when I have continued to work and do other things is a little tiring. I just get bored. I keep going back to those movies when I don’t have anything new to say about them.”
“I have to accept the fact that these films have had a fantastic effect on people, and to deny that doesn’t make any sense until I do something that has the same cultural and social impact of those movies. That’s just the way it is.”
“You can’t be 16 forever.”
Molly Ringwald Links
The Essential Guide To Molly Ringwald – The definitive guide to Molly and her career, from Lindsay Holmes.
Molly on Wiki – A detailed bio for Molly Ringwald on Wikipedia.
Molly Ringwald Interviews John Hughes – From Seventeen Magazine, Spring 1986