Matthew Broderick & Judd Nelson Celebrate 30 Years of John Hughes on Profiles with Scott "Movie" Mantz and Alicia Malone

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The digital series Profiles with Malone and Mantz kicks off the 30th anniversary celebration of “The Breakfast Club” with a very special tribute to the writer-producer-director who defined the coming-of-age teen comedies of the 1980s: John Hughes!

It was the first time in a movie where the main characters are younger and are not portrayed as being less than characters that are older.

The digital series Profiles with Malone and Mantz kicks off the 30th anniversary celebration of “The Breakfast Club” with a very special tribute to the writer-producer-director who defined the coming-of-age teen comedies of the 1980s: John Hughes!

“Profiles” is weekly series hosted by Alicia Malone (AMC Movie News, Fandango) and Scott ‘Movie’ Mantz (Access Hollywood, The Today Show) that spotlights the greatest filmmaker, highlighting the filmmaker’s best movies and featuring interviews with the actors, producers and directors who worked closely with them.

And who better to weigh in on the enduring appeal of John Hughes than three actors who starred in his most iconic classics: Judd Nelson, who gave a star-making performance as Bender in “The Breakfast Club,” Alan Ruck, who played hypochondraic high-schooler Cameron Frye in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” and – in a rare and candid interview about Hughes – Ferris Bueller himself, Matthew Broderick!

When asked why “The Breakfast Club” still holds up to this day, Nelson says, “It was the first time in a movie where the main characters are younger and are not portrayed as being less than characters that are older.” He adds, “As a result of his films, it’s no longer possible really to judge a film’s substance and depth or the value of its content simply by counting how old the characters are.”

Ruck shares that sentiment, saying “John was very confident about his writing. So we’d do a scene as written a couple times, then he’d say ‘Do this one. Just make it up. Do what you think you would do in a situation.’”

Broderick has every reason to be proud of his time working with Hughes, saying, “The thing about it is it’s 30 years or 25 years and people still talk about it. Particularly with a movie about teenagers, that’s usually forgotten pretty quickly. And I think a lot of people at the time would’ve thought that about John, but it certainly turned out not to be true. I don’t know what his legacy is but I think he translates to different times and different countries and everything. He was just one of those people who just knew what young people are thinking.”

The full interview of Malone and Mantz’s Profiles can be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8x8GC1FUkcor listened to on iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/profiles/id908850713?mt=2.

Profiles is produced in conjunction with E’s Maria Menounos and the Schmoes Know network.

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