Molly Ringwald opens up about John Hughes in NY Times article
New York City is about to enjoy an epic run of John Hughes movies. A two-day film festival to honor our '80s hero is set for the weekend, and a screening of The Breakfast Club on Monday will be followed by a Q&A featuring Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy. Kevin Smith gets the honor of conducting it.
In an short interview with the New York Times on Friday, Ringwald opened up some more about her memories of working with Hughes. Here are some highlights:
ON HER PARENTS' REACTIONS TO SIXTEEN CANDLES: "I remember, my mom had one objection to a scene with my [onscreen] father [played by Paul Dooley], actually. There was some tag at the end where the dad says, 'Sam, what happened to your underpants?' or something like that. And my mom said, 'You know, that just doesn’t really seem very appropriate to me.' And John was like, 'You know what, you’re right.' "
ON HER RUN-IN WITH JUDD NELSON DURING BREAKFAST CLUB: "He was doing this sort of Method-actor thing, I think, and he was being very provocative with me. Making jokes – I think he made some sort of blind joke, and my dad was blind – he was just trying to get under my skin, like Bender tries to get under Claire’s skin. It really didn’t bother me, but John was extremely protective of me and it just infuriated him. And he almost fired him, and we all banded together and really talked John out of firing Judd."
ON DRIFTING AWAY FROM HUGHES: "He kind of sequestered himself. He moved back to Chicago. He didn’t really have much to do with Hollywood. I can’t speak for him, but I felt like he felt rejected in some way by me. But I did write him a letter when I was living in Paris, and I got back this enormous bouquet of flowers, so I felt good to know that I did connect with him, that he read what I wrote and it meant something, so I’m really grateful for that."