Trivia / Pretty in Pink

  • Ability over Appearance: Blane was written to be a Hunk with a Heroic Build. Molly Ringwald however had a say in the casting and picked Andrew McCarthy due to his attitude - claiming he's the type of guy she would fall in love with.
  • Actor Allusion: Annie Potts's character answers the phone at the record store, "Tracks, what do you want?" similar to how she did in Ghostbusters (1984).
  • Actor-Inspired Element: Jon Cryer suggested "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding for his dance. His original suggestion was "State of Shock" by Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson, but the filmmakers couldn't get the rights.
  • Dawson Casting: Averted. Molly Ringwald was seventeen, and turned eighteen when the film was released. Jon Cryer however was twenty, James Spader twenty-five, Kate Vernon twenty-four, Andrew McCarthy and Alexa Kenin twenty-three. Kristy Swanson however was a teenager.
  • In Memoriam: The movie is dedicated to Alexa Kenin and Bruce Weintraub. Kenin, who played Jena, was murdered in New York just before the movie was released. Set decorator/production designer Weintraub died of AIDS at age 33.
  • Method Acting: James Spader shocked everyone with just how heavily he got into the character of Steff.
  • Reality Subtext: Jon Cryer claims that he didn't get along with Andrew McCarthy or Molly Ringwald, lending subtext to his conflict over their relationship.
  • Romance on the Set: Molly Ringwald was dating Dweezil Zappa, who plays Simon.
  • Star-Making Role: For James Spader, and Jon Cryer.
  • Those Two Actors: James Spader and Andrew McCarthy would work together the following year in Less Than Zero and Mannequin.
  • Throw It In: When Duckie gets thrown into the girl's bathroom, he says regarding the tampon machine, "We don't have a candy machine in the boys' room". This was ad-libbed by Jon Cryer. He also ad-libbed the line, "His name is Blane? That's a major appliance, that's not a name".
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Jodie Foster turned down the role of Andie. Tatum O'Neal, Lori Loughlin, Diane Lane, Sarah Jessica Parker and Brooke Shields were also considered.
    • Anjelica Huston and Tracey Ullman were both considered for Iona.
    • In a podcast interview, Molly Ringwald revealed that Jennifer Beals was set to replace her in the lead unless she didn't accept, but the director Howard Deutch eventually vetoed the idea.
    • Anthony Michael Hall turned down the role of Duckie, as he didn't want to get typecast. He also felt that the film was rehashing Sixteen Candles.
    • Charlie Sheen auditioned for Blane.
    • Robert Downey, Jr.. was almost cast as Duckie when the ending had Andie getting together with Duckie. Per Molly Ringwald, this ending may have stuck if Downey won the role because he didn't give her the "brother vibe" Jon Cryer did.
  • Word of Gay: Both Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer have agreed that after high school, Duckie came out of the closet and is currently a Hard Gay, wearing no shirt and suspenders and attending Gay Pride events. Could be considered a mix of Word of Saint Paul and Word of Dante, of course. Keep in mind, though, that John Hughes originally wanted Andie and Duckie to end up together, so this is not really Word of God.

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