Anthony Michael Hall Recalls Having a Falling Out with John Hughes Over This 80’s Classic

by Samantha Whidden
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He worked with John Hughes on various hit ’80s classics, including The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Weird Science, but now Anthony Michael Hall is opening up about his fallout with the well-known director. 

During his interview with ScreenRant, Anthony Michael Hall stated that he had an opportunity to do Ferris Bueller and Pretty in Pink with Hughes, but scheduling got in the way. This caused the fallout. “It was actually kind of his fault in a way,” Hall recalled. “Because of the career he had given me. I was actually busy on other projects. So I wasn’t able to do that. And I’m sad about that. I really did want to work with him again.”

Anthony Michael Hall also stated that it was really “kind of” in the stars the way he worked with Hughes. “Because he had written that first film [National Lampoon’s Vacation] which I did. And then I went on to meet him and work with him obviously on the other three films as a kid [Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, and Weird Science].”

John Hughes went on to screen-write other big films, including all three Home Alone films, Uncle Buck, Dennis the Menace, and Baby’s Day Out. Hughes passed away on August 6, 2009, at the age of 59 following a heart attack. 

Anthony Michael Hall Talks Remakes of the Hughes’ Hit Films

While also chatting with ScreenRant, Anthony Michael Hall discussed the possibility of hit ’80s classics, including some of the movies he worked on, being remade.

“The thought of The Breakfast Club gets mentioned sometimes,” Anthony Michael Hall said. “And I think, again, because of John’s writing, it’s a legit concept. The possibility of that being remade, I think it might in some future date. But it’s been very humbling.”

Hall then explained that The Breakfast Club in particular is almost like a group therapy when people watch it. “I think with [Hughes’] films, particularly what they’ve always endured, is they keep finding younger audiences. Which is pretty amazing.”

Hall Recalls His Last Conversation With Hughes

When discussing the last conversation he had with John Hughes, Anthony Michael Hall recalled the conversation was actually very sad. “I spoke to him in 1987. He called me with John Candy on the phone. And we literally just hung out on the phone and just telling stories. Talking and laughing and making sure to laugh. And it was incredible.”

Hall then revealed that Hughes actually toyed with the idea of having a The Breakfast Club sequel. “Kind of finding [the characters] in their adulthood with families and new careers – so that idea was of interest to him. It was something that he was contemplating.”

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