'Pretty in Pink' director Howard Deutch on film's famous lost ending and Molly Ringwald's theory that Duckie was secretly gay
When it comes to brat pack and teen films from the 80s, there are only a few better than Pretty in Pink, the drama written by John Hughes and directed by Howard Deutch about a girl from the "wrong side of the tracks" (Molly Ringwald) the progress of a rich, handsome schoolmate (Andrew McCarthy) and her geeky but soulful best friend (Jon Cryer).
It still feels smart, funny, and even contemporary when it comes to class and wealth differences in the era of reaganomics, and there is hardly a terribly inadequate racial cartoon in sight (you look, sixteen candles).
Of course, it is impossible to separate Pretty in Pink (1986) from the canon of Hughes, who pumped out one teen classic after another in the mid-1980s, from Sixteen Candles (1984) to Weird Science (1985) to The Breakfast Club (1985 ) to Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986) to Some Kind of Wonderful (1987).
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As Deutch told Yahoo Entertainment in a video interview recently to commemorate the release of the new Blu-ray "Paramount Presents" (see above), Pretty in Pink was something special for Hughes, as it was the first time that the author and director had done the same a produced film.
"That meant a lot to him because there was a part of his brain that was also entrepreneurial," says Deutch von Hughes, who died of a heart attack in 2009 at the age of 59. "He was very much like Disney. He wanted to build an empire."
Jon Cryer and Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink. (Photos: Paramount)
One of the main actors in Hughes' teen film empire was Ringwald, who became his muse through his collaboration with Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. However, Paramount initially declined her casting, with other names such as Jodie Foster, Sarah Jessica Parker, Tatum O'Neal, and Lori Laughlin reportedly under consideration.
"I met a lot of actresses," says Deutch. "I always felt that it was written for Molly, and it should be Molly. So I went to Molly and she said, "Well, they don't want me and I won't do it." And I said, "But you have to do it because this is my first film and I put it on I don't know what I do. And you should be. "
"And I remember being so grateful to her for saying," Let me think about it. "And she agreed. And even at 16, she was a force in every creative decision you could think of - and at 16 she instinctively knew what was right."
As for his larger legacy, Pretty in Pink is perhaps best known for his “lost end” (which is being investigated in a function on the Blu-ray). The film originally ended when Andie (Ringwald) selected Duckie (Cryer), not the more popular, better looking Blane (McCarthy), and the two danced together at the prom. However, this high point was eliminated by a test audience during an early screening at the Paramount Theater on the studio's Hollywood property.
"When it happened, I felt like I was having a heart attack," Deutch recalls. "The movie plays like a gangbuster. And then the prom and Jon gets Molly. And they started booing. They almost went out and I said," I can't believe this will happen. " The whole film was made for Jon Cryer to end with Molly, true love triumphs.
"I remember [The Princess Bride] director Rob Reiner went out and said," Well, the princess can't get the frog. "Or something that has bothered me to this day. But I think the real problem was the women who wanted girls to have the cute boy. And you can't deny them if they want this guy you have to give them give this guy. Forget politics. "
In 2012, Ringwald told Out magazine that she thought the extravagant Duckie was secretly gay. "Duckie doesn't know he's gay," said Ringwald at the time. "I think he loves Andie the way [my best gay friend] always loved me."
Cryer later contested the claim, and Deutch joined the Duckie actor on the matter.
"I don't think so, but I mean I can see where some people can perceive it," says Deutch, who later collaborated with Hughes on "Some Kind of Wonderful" and "The Great Outdoors" (1988) TV series of True Blood, American Horror Story, Empire and Young Sheldon have been made in recent years. "I don't think he played it that way. I think he created an amazing character that persisted for a reason."
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