What I Learned About FBDO

What I learned about Ferris Bueller's Day Off from Susannah Gora's book You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried (The Brat Pack, John Hughes, and Their Impact on a Generation).
  • The script was written by John Hughes in roughly 36 hours.
  • John Cusack was "seriously considered" by casting directors for the part of Ferris.
  • The part of Cameron was offered to Emilio Estevez who turned down the role.
  • Meg Ryan auditioned for the role of Jeanie.
  • The economics lesson given by Ben Stein was ad-libbed. He was told to just talk about something he knew.
  • The Bueller's house number is 2800. John Hughes grew up at 2800 Shannon Road in Northbrook Heights, IL.
  • The parade scene was to include some choreographed dance moves from Ferris but this was cut due to an injury Matthew Broderick sustained filming the final "chase" scene.
  • There were plans to include a scene where Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane visit a strip club but, of course, this scene was cut.


ShezCrafti said...

I'm always fascinated by accounts like these, which reveal what might have been in our favorite movies. You can't help but wonder if any of those changes had actually happened, would the film still have been the phenomenon it is, or hold the same pop culture status? I couldn't imagine anyone else in those roles.

That bit about Ben Stein ad libbing is hilarious. "Something D-O-O economics..." No wonder his scenes are so great.

TL said...

I cringe at the thought of Emilio Estevez playing the part of Cameron. Even John Cusack, one of my favorite guys on screen, as Ferris just seems wrong.