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Today I Learned: A Deleted Scene Would've Turned Ferris Bueller's Day Off Into A Much Darker Movie

The scene does explain a few things in the movie but at the expense of Ferris' character.

John Hughes made several masterpieces back in the day but Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is something a rare beast when compared all the teen comedies that were released at the time.

It wasn’t crass like Porky’s, didn’t focus on sex or drugs like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, broke the fourth wall constantly, and told a pure-hearted story about friendship and living life to the fullest. Most of this works because of titular character, who is arguably the most charismatic film character we’ve ever seen on the big screen, and the many iconic Chicago landmarks that were integrated into the story.

Now there are a few minor plot issues in the film, chief among which is how Ferris manages to fund his day off. Let’s recap: he treats Cameron and Sloane to lunch at an upscale restaurant, gets great seats at a baseball game, bums around at a classy museum, and presumably a bunch of other things we didn’t see.

Even if we take into account his parents’ wealth (they live in a super nice house and his room is filled with gadgets), there’s no realistic way does he’ll have the kind of dosh to fund such a luxurious day off.

As it turns out, this little plot hole is explained in a deleted scene from the original script but it also shines a darker light on Ferris’ character.

The deleted scene comes just before Ferris goes to Cameron’s house and involves him chatting to his dad over the phone. As the conversation goes on, Ferris manages to get his dad to reveal the location of where a bunch of savings bonds are hidden. Yup, Ferris was only able to fund his day off because he ripped his dad off.

And just to make it worse, he follows up that chat to his dad with this straight-to-camera exchange:

“Was that a class move or what? The guy gave it up faster than a drunk Catholic girl. I hope my kids don’t pull this s**t on me.”

Wow. Original Ferris Bueller is a dick.

This simple scene changes how we look at Ferris as a character completely. No longer was he a bit of a jerk with a heart of gold, he is just a massive jerk with the heart of an even bigger jerk.

It also sullies the film’s kindhearted tone and it undermines the subtext of a teenager enjoying the last few days of high school because he’ll never live experience that time in his life ever again.

John Hughes definitely made the right call in cutting that scene. We’re better off remembering Ferris as that likable guy who lip-synched The Beatles’ ‘Twist and Shout’ on a float than some douche who stole his dad’s money and then blew it all ordering some expensive pancreas for lunch.

Today I Learned: Up's Iconic Love Story Opener Was Originally Less Emo And More Slapstick

Less crying and more uncomfortable laughter.

Everyone may have differing opinions on what the best Pixar film is but chances are that Up will be high up on most people’s lists because it’s just brilliant, especially the iconic love story opener between Carl and Ellie which arguably was what made the movie so special.

As Up turns 10 years old, those 5 or so opening minutes remain the greatest thing Pixar has ever produced (and probably will ever produce). But that moment of magic almost didn’t pan out the way it did.

Rather than the soul-crushing hammer blow to the feels that the scene ultimately turned out to be, it was originally less emotional and leaned more into Looney Tunes slapstick territory.

Tearing up already.

According to a behind-the-scenes video of Up on Pixar’s website, the filmmakers revealed that the original concept involved a young Carl trying to catch a bird with a crude box trap, only for a young Ellie to come out of nowhere with a massive right hook to Carl’s arm and declaring that, “Birds are nice! Boys are dumb!

This ultimately starts a life-long game where the couple sneak punch each other in the most random ways, which was intended to be a “non-sappy” and “funny” way of developing their relationship. This extends right up to the point where Carl is visiting Ellie in hospital and she weakly punches his arm (out of love).

In the words of co-director Bob Peterson, Carl and Ellie “punch themselves old” as opposed to “sweetly become old.”

(The explanation and storyboards come in at the start of the clip.)

While the filmmakers thought the scene was hilarious yet heartfelt, test audiences didn’t exactly warm to Carl and Ellie’s little punching game and reacted to the sequence with “silence” rather than tears.

Since Up hinges on the Carl and Ellie montage working, the filmmakers knew they had to fix it and ultimately ended up with the tearjerking scene we all know and love.

I do see where the filmmakers were coming from in regards to the original concept for Carl and Ellie’s growing old montage but it was one of those things that looked good on paper but just didn’t work when executed.

But hey, victories are born out of failures and we got the perfect montage in the end. 10 years on, I still can’t watch the scene and not tear up, and I know I’m far from the only one.

Today I Learned: Miley Cyrus's First Paying Job Was Somehow More Embarrassing And Disgusting Than Yours

Billy Ray Cyrus's definition of "father-daughter" bonding time is different to most.

It’s almost a rite of passage that everyone’s first job is a pretty underwhelming gig that involves wearing a uniform, handling some food and/or groceries, being yelled at by customers for something, and earning very little money.

For celebrities like Miley Cyrus, you’d think that they would be spared of this sort of thing because they’re, you know, rich. But as it so happens, Miley’s first paying gig wasn’t Hannah Montana or being a waitress somewhere. In fact, it was something that makes stacking shelves at a supermarket seem luxurious while also making you wonder what Billy Ray Cyrus was thinking at the time.

Not joking at all

Back when Miley was just a young kid, Billy would take her along with him on his tours because nothing says quality father-daughter bonding time than going on the road. It is on these tours where Billy gave Miley her first ever paying job. If you thought it was something like moving equipment around or handing out bottles of water to the crew, you’d be wrong.

After each of his concerts, Billy would pay Miley $10 to go around picking up all the underwear and bras thrown on-stage by his overzealous female fans.

Yeah.

But hey, she had a good attitude towards it as she told Rolling Stone that she would “get a really big one and be like, ‘Dad! I found your biggest fan!’

The only appropriate response.

Nothing gets you ready for the real working world than a job at a fast food place or supermarket, but Miley got thrown into the deep end of some unknown pool there. To her credit, she’s come out the other side with flying colours so maybe there was method to Billy’s madness. Maybe.

One thing’s for sure, working at Maccas suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.

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