The breakfast club Star Anthony Michael Hall says that the so-called group of teenage friends, The Brat Pack, never existed. Currently celebrating his debut as Tommy Doyle in the slasher sequel Halloween deathsSome of Hall’s most iconic roles date back to his teens. The now 53-year-old actor previously starred in films such as National Lampoon Vacation, Sixteen candles, and Johnny be good.
Although he has since freed himself from his more satirical roles, Hall is arguably best known for his portrayal of Brian Johnson in The breakfast club. It was a role that kept him close to his co-stars Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald and Sheedy, all of whom became synonymous with the legendary “Brat Pack.” Joining them under the banner of the teenage star were Fire of San Telmo co-stars Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore and then-teen idol Rob Lowe. Throughout the 1980s, this collective of teen stars was glorified for their personal chemistry both on and off screen. The Brat Pack label was first brought to life with a 1985 headline ‘Hollywood’s Brat Pack’, which alleged that teen stars regularly hung out off set and portrayed some of their behavior in a negative light. Since then, several members of the Brat Pack have blamed the article for pigeonholing them and preventing their promotion to a more serious job.
Now, in an interview with Well-informed person, Anthony Michael Hall has completely scrapped The Brat Pack label. “Did not exist.“He goes on to point out that he was a minor adolescent at the time of the article and that although his co-stars, Emilio and Judd, they were in their twenties and maybe they were going out drinking together, he wasn’t there. Hall goes on to say that he had never met some of his so-called “friends,” including Andrew McCarthy. When the interviewer says that Hall’s claim makes his childhood a lie, The breakfast club Star responds that the public wants to believe that the actors they see are friends in real life. Read Hall’s full comments, below:
“It didn’t exist. It was a media ploy. Whoever the editor of New York Magazine was at the time, it was a setup. ‘Let’s get all these guys together and make them talk shit.’ The truth is that in that time period, I was on the younger end of that group. He was literally still in high school. When we did “The Breakfast Club,” Emilio and Judd were in their early 20s and were hanging out and having beers and I was a teenager, so when they wrote that article I felt like it was a ploy to get everyone barking.
“I’ve never met him [McCarthy]. And I also think that the public wants the actors that they see together in the projects to be really connected in life. They expect that. People will say, ‘How are Emilio and Judd?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know. I haven’t seen them in 14 years. ‘
While Hall’s comments may come as a surprise to some and a disappointment to others, they mark the first time an alleged Brat Pack member has openly despised the existence of the group of friends. Although other members haven’t gotten that far, individuals like Emilio Estevez they have said that their friendships were not as broad or as close as the media suggested. Regardless, this latest statement might make some old fans re-evaluate their perceptions of beloved childhood actors and become more aware of media hyperbole.
Despite the Brat Pack name following him, even now, Hall has apparently managed to break free and allow viewers to enjoy his performance in more serious roles. Since 1985, some of his most prominent performances have been in The dark knight, Fox hunter, Live at night, and War machine. Even so, there will be more than a few fans of those early teenage days in The breakfast club, who will have eagerly and loyally awaited the release of Halloween deaths.
Sources: Well-informed person
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