“The Breakfast Club” is one of those classic movies that everyone should see. Shot in the middle of the ‘80s, the film was supposed to be John Hughes directorial debut; however, studio bosses decided to thwart that and have “Sixteen Candles” come out first instead. When it finally did come out, “The Breakfast Club” was an instant hit and received high critical acclaim. People easily identified with the five characters and their struggles. Thirty years have passed since the film first debuted and it is now considered one of the quintessential movies of the ‘80s. Since “The Breakfast Club” is so awesome, we have rounded up 10 facts that you didn’t know about the film.
Molly Ringwald was originally offered the role of Allison; however, she really wanted to play Claire Standish. She eventually convinced John Hughes to give her that part instead.
Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of John Bender; however, John Cusack was Judd Nelson’s only real competition for the part. John Hughes initially cast Cusack, but decided to replace him with Nelson before filming began. According to Hughes, Cusack just didn’t look threatening enough for the part.
Judd Nelson was almost fired during filming because he continued to taunt Molly Ringwald after a scene had ended. The other actors spoke in Nelson’s defense and convinced John Hughes not to fire him.
The marijuana that the characters smoke on-screen is actually oregano.
Emilio Estevez was originally asked to play John Bender, but John Hughes couldn’t find anyone else to play Andrew Clark, so Estevez took that part instead.
John Hughes wrote the script in just two days.
Jodie Foster was considered to play Claire.
Ally Sheedy, who played Allison, doesn’t speak for the first 33 minutes of the film.
Brooke Shields was considered to play Allison.
Only a couple of the actors were actually teenagers when the film was shot. Judd Nelson was 26; Molly Ringwald was 17; Emilio Estevez was 23; Anthony Michael Hall was 17; and Ally Sheedy was 23.