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5 things I didn’t know about 'Ferris Bueller’s Day Off' until 30 years later



There’s not a lot we don’t know about Ferris Bueller 30 years after John Hughes’ classic flick hit theaters. Released June 11, 1986, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off introduced an “ambassador” to the ‘80s.

He was the guy who passed out at 31 Flavors last night. A kid with clammy hands. The sausage king of Chicago. Someone who would leave cheese out in the wind. A would-be clarinet player. A hero. A righteous dude.

And yet I learn something new every time I watch the movie. Here are five things I swear I didn’t know about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on its 30th anniversary, according to

1. Bill Paxton was offered the role as the garage attendant after working with Hughes in Weird Science. He declined, saying it was too small a role. Hughes would never offer Paxton a role again.

2. Edie McClurg improvised many of her lines as Grace, the school secretary, including her imitation of Rooney and her signature quote: “He's a righteous dude.”

3. The line Ferris says at the French restaurant about Cameron's house - “It's very beautiful and very cold, and you're not allowed to touch anything” - wasn’t originally written for this movie. It was a line to be spoken by Allison (Ally Sheedy) in The Breakfast Club about her own home life.

4. Ferris’ interaction with the clarinet and the “coughing” keyboard were improvised by Matthew Broderick.

5. Although we always think of Ferris Bueller as the hero, an earlier version of the script had Ferris cashing in a bond his dad had purchased him in order to finance his “day off.” The scene was filmed but later deleted because it made Ferris look like a thief instead of a lovable teen who just wants to stop and look around once in a while.

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