Can you believe the movie Sixteen Candles is 30 years old? It was the first of many John Hughes hits that resonated with the young moviegoing audience -he went on to give us The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and Pretty in Pink, plus other movies that weren’t so teen-oriented. To celebrate the anniversary, how about some movie trivia?
2. Viggo Mortensen was almost cast as Jake Ryan. It seems weird to think about, but we almost had Aragorn as Samantha’s love interest. Viggo Mortensen went up against Michael Schoeffling for the part, but lost because producer Michelle Manning thought Schoeffling was “dreamier.” Molly Ringwald later admitted that she was hoping Mortensen would get the part: “Michael Schoeffling did not kiss me during the audition – Viggo Mortensen did.”
3. Viggo Mortensen wasn’t the only future star to audition for the movie. Jim Carrey reportedly tried out for Hall’s part of “the geek,” and both Laura Dern and Robin Wright auditioned for Molly Ringwald’s role.
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