Principal Ed Rooney’s assistant, Grace, really captured the appeal of 18-year-old high school senior Ferris Bueller. “Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him,” Grace stated. “They think he’s a righteous dude.” When this popular, clever, and artful teenager decides to play hooky from school with his best friend and girlfriend, it’s a day the trio would never forget. Even though Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is 30 years old, the movie retains its cool factor decades later. Here are a few things you didn’t know about this classic ’80s teen romp.
1. Bueller, Bueller, Bueller….
Unless a professional actor majored in drama, rarely do they have the opportunity to use their undergraduate degree in their work. Lucky for Ben Stein, his Economics degree from Columbia University came in handy when filming Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Director John Hughes asked Stein to deliver an economic lecture to his students. The lecture was completely unscripted and on point. The only scripted lines Stein reads in the movie is the monotone roll call.
2. On Set Love
Though Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Grey play twin siblings in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the two ended up romantically involved following completion of the movie. In fact, Broderick and Grey were engaged to be married but the relationship ended after the couple were involved in a fatal auto crash in Ireland that ended the lives of a mother and her daughter, passengers in the other car. Additionally, the Bueller parents, played by Cindy Pickett and Lyman Ward, got married after filming the movie, though they divorced in 1992.
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