History Trivia / FerrisBuellersDayOff

21st Feb '17 7:50:06 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AbilityOverAppearance: Cameron Frye was originally envisioned as being chunky and "homely in a lovable way". Creator/JohnHughes then remembered the tall, thin, very attractive (29-year-old!) Alan Ruck from [[Film/TheBreakfastClub the Breakfast Club]] auditions (he didn't make the cut that time), and cast him based on that performance. What followed was what is considered to be one of the most soulful, enduring portrayals in Hughes' oeuvre.



* DyeingForYourArt: Charlie Sheen stayed awake for 48 hours before filming his scene so that he would appear tired and strung-out. Now he prefers the quicker method of good, all-natural cocaine.
* EnforcedMethodActing: In the cab, when Ferris tickles Sloan. Actress Mia Sara's laughter was real, because MatthewBroderick and Alan Ruck actually took off her shoe and tickled her foot.

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* DyeingForYourArt: Charlie Sheen Creator/CharlieSheen stayed awake for 48 hours before filming his scene so that he would appear tired and strung-out. Now he prefers the quicker method of good, all-natural cocaine.
* EnforcedMethodActing: In the cab, when Ferris tickles Sloan. Actress Mia Sara's laughter was real, because MatthewBroderick Creator/MatthewBroderick and Alan Ruck actually took off her shoe and tickled her foot.



* FollowTheLeader: After this movie became hugely successful, many teen shows throughout the next decade or so (particularly those aimed at children) implemented a Ferris Bueller-like character (i.e. Zack Morris from ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', Ronnie Pinsky from ''SaluteYourShorts'', Parker Lewis from ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'', etc.). Some of these were just shallow/one-dimensional caricatures of Ferris; others weren't.

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* FollowTheLeader: After this movie became hugely successful, many teen shows throughout the next decade or so (particularly those aimed at children) implemented a Ferris Bueller-like character (i.e. Zack Morris from ''Series/SavedByTheBell'', Ronnie Pinsky from ''SaluteYourShorts'', ''Series/SaluteYourShorts'', Parker Lewis from ''Series/ParkerLewisCantLose'', etc.). Some of these were just shallow/one-dimensional caricatures of Ferris; others weren't.



* ThrowItIn: "They think he's a righteous dude" was improvised by Edie [=McClurg=], the actress who played Grace.

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"They think he's a righteous dude" was improvised by Edie [=McClurg=], the actress who played Grace.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Creator/JohnHughes' first choice to play Ferris was Creator/MichaelJFox. Ironically, Broderick was the first choice to play Fox's role of Alex P. Keaton in ''Series/FamilyTies''. However, Broderick declined, partially because his father, James Broderick, had become terminally ill, and partially because he did not actually want to commit to a weekly TV series. Even more ironically, James Broderick had co-starred with Fox's ''Family Ties'' co-star, Meredith Baxter-Birney, on the ABC drama, ''Family''.

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Creator/JohnHughes' first choice to play Ferris was Creator/MichaelJFox. Ironically, Broderick was the first choice to play Fox's role of Alex P. Keaton in ''Series/FamilyTies''. However, Broderick declined, partially because his father, James Broderick, had become terminally ill, and partially because he did not actually want to commit to a weekly TV series. Even more ironically, James Broderick had co-starred with Fox's ''Family Ties'' co-star, Meredith Baxter-Birney, on the ABC drama, ''Family''.



** Creator/AnthonyMichaelHall turned down the role of Cameron, as he didn't want to get typecast. Creator/EmilioEstevez also turned it down.

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** Creator/AnthonyMichaelHall turned down the role of Cameron, as he didn't want to get typecast. Creator/EmilioEstevez also turned it down. For some reason, ''Creator/JohnCandy'' auditioned.



* WordOfDante: A researcher discovered the titular day off was [[http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Bueller-For-which-Cubs-game-did-Ferris-play-hoo?urn=mlb-318065 June 5, 1985]], based on the Cubs game that Ferris goes to in the movie.

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A researcher discovered the titular day off was [[http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/Bueller-For-which-Cubs-game-did-Ferris-play-hoo?urn=mlb-318065 June 5, 1985]], based on the Cubs game that Ferris goes to in the movie.
21st Jan '17 11:27:58 PM Mikeyfan93
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* RecycledTheSeries: Lasted barely a season, mainly because it was heavily changed to the point where it could be considered InNameOnly. Among other things, the setting was changed from Chicago to L.A., Ferris was now an obnoxious nerd who [[SmallNameBigEgo only believed he was wildly popular]] (and attended school without complaint!), Cameron was still neurotic but lacked the tragic {{backstory}} from the film, thus making him a figure of fun, Sloane was now catty and shallow (the spelling of her name was also changed to ''Sloan''), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Ferris's parents were now named Bill and Barbara instead of Tom and Katie]], and the list goes on and on. Not even a very young Creator/JenniferAniston (as Jeannie) could save it. John Hughes actually did not like the series himself, and actually tried to block its release. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so, and the best that he could do was to demand that NBC and Paramount not use his name to promote the series.

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* RecycledTheSeries: Lasted barely a season, mainly because it was heavily changed to the point where it could be considered InNameOnly. Among other things, the setting was changed from Chicago to L.A., Ferris was now an obnoxious nerd who [[SmallNameBigEgo only believed he was wildly popular]] (and attended school without complaint!), Cameron was still neurotic but lacked the tragic {{backstory}} from the film, thus making him a figure of fun, Sloane was now catty and shallow (the spelling of her name was also changed to ''Sloan''), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Ferris's parents were now named Bill and Barbara instead of Tom and Katie]], and the list goes on and on. Not even a very young Creator/JenniferAniston (as Jeannie) could save it. John Hughes actually did not like the series himself, and actually tried to block its release. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so, and the best that he could do was to demand that NBC and Paramount not use his name to promote the series.
23rd Nov '16 8:13:19 PM BatmanKalEl
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Ferris' house is actually in Long Beach, California and the restaurant they go to is in West Hollywood.
23rd Oct '16 6:32:31 AM twilicorn
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* RecycledTheSeries: Lasted barely a season, mainly because it was heavily changed to the point where it could be considered InNameOnly. Among other things, the setting was changed from Chicago to L.A., Ferris was now an obnoxious nerd who [[SmallNameBigEgo only believed he was wildly popular]] (and attended school without complaint!), Cameron was still neurotic but lacked the tragic {{backstory}} from the film, thus making him a figure of fun, Sloane was now catty and shallow (the spelling of her name was also changed to ''Sloan''), [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Ferris's parents were now named Bill and Barbara instead of Tom and Katie]], and the list goes on and on. Not even a very young Creator/JenniferAniston (as Jeannie) could save it. John Hughes actually did not like the series himself, and actually tried to block its release. Unfortunately, he was unable to do so, and the best that he could do was to demand that NBC and Paramount not use his name to promote the series.
6th Oct '16 4:48:13 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheScript: Creator/CharlieSheen's stoner character is named Garth Volbeck, though the film doesn't mention this.
** Also, a deleted backstory shows that Ferris and Garth were friends in the eighth grade. Garth's family's pretty messed up, and Ferris tried to help him and be his friend, but Garth eventually dropped out of high school and wound up in the police station next to Jeannie. That's why Ferris is so intent on giving Cameron a good time - [[TearJerker he blames himself for not helping Garth enough when he could.]]
** According to the original script, Sloane has a brother and her father left the family for a twenty-five year old bimbo.
* AuthorAppeal: Creator/JohnHughes freely admitted that the museum scene was self-indulgent on his part.
17th Sep '16 2:35:56 AM Cindylover1969
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** The movie didn't have a soundtrack album for decades because Hughes himself blocked one back in the 1980s, because he felt the movie's music was too eclectic to make a coherent album. Mere were delighted when La-La Land Records released an official album (there have been ''bootleg'' releases) in 2016.

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** The movie didn't have a soundtrack album for decades because Hughes himself blocked one back in the 1980s, because he felt the movie's music was too eclectic to make a coherent album. Mere Many were delighted when La-La Land Records released an official album (there have been ''bootleg'' releases) in 2016.
17th Sep '16 2:34:57 AM Cindylover1969
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** The movie didn't have a soundtrack album until 2016 because Hughes himself blocked one back in the 1980s, because he felt the movie's music was too eclectic to make a coherent album. TheFandomRejoiced when La-La Land Records released an official album (there have been ''bootleg'' releases).

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** The movie didn't have a soundtrack album until 2016 for decades because Hughes himself blocked one back in the 1980s, because he felt the movie's music was too eclectic to make a coherent album. TheFandomRejoiced Mere were delighted when La-La Land Records released an official album (there have been ''bootleg'' releases).releases) in 2016.
17th Sep '16 2:32:33 AM Cindylover1969
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** The movie didn't have a soundtrack album until 2016 because Hughes himself blocked one back in the 1980s, because he felt the movie's music was too eclectic to make a coherent album. TheAnndomRejoiced when La-La Land Records released an official album (there have been ''illegal'' releases).

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** The movie didn't have a soundtrack album until 2016 because Hughes himself blocked one back in the 1980s, because he felt the movie's music was too eclectic to make a coherent album. TheAnndomRejoiced TheFandomRejoiced when La-La Land Records released an official album (there have been ''illegal'' ''bootleg'' releases).
17th Sep '16 2:30:56 AM Cindylover1969
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** The movie didn't have a soundtrack album until 2016 because Hughes himself blocked one back in the 1980s, because he felt the movie's music was too eclectic to make a coherent album. TheAnndomRejoiced when La-La Land Records released an official album (there have been ''illegal'' releases).
2nd Sep '16 3:38:27 PM glickmam
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* CreatorBacklash: Creator/JohnHughes actually disliked the TV adaptation and actually tried to block its release. Unfortunately, however, he was unable to do so, and the best that he could do was to stipulate that Creator/{{NBC}} and Creator/{{Paramount}} not use his name to promote the series.
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