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The Breakfast Club actress details how different the film would be if it was made in 2020

The 1985 film became a cult classic


By Clodagh Meaney


The Breakfast Club | Universal Pictures

The Breakfast Club actress Ally Sheedy has detailed how different the cult film might be if it was produced in 2020.


The brat-pack actress shot to fame in the 1980s starring in films by director John Hughes including St. Elmos Fire and Blue City.


Other brat-pack members include Demi Moore, Judd Nelson and Rob Lowe.


Sheedy, who played Allison in the teen comedy-drama said that if the film were to be produced in 2020, it would be a completely different film.


She told the PA news agency: "There would be a more diverse cast and there would be more political issues, cultural issues addressed. It’s a completely different time now than it was then, it would be a completely different movie, absolutely."


Ally highlighted how 1980s Hollywood was controlled by the perspective of the patriarchy.


Ally Sheedy as Allison Reynolds | Universal Pictures

"Hollywood in that time, and still to a great extent, was very much controlled by the white straight male perspective and that movie absolutely was, so that is where that voice was coming from."


"It was coming from John [Hughes]," she said, "he was writing from that point of view."


"I don’t think anybody would be particularly interested in hearing a story like that yet again, yet again, yet again, right now."


The film followed five high-schoolers from different social groups as they spend a Saturday together in detention.


The jock, princess, criminal, brain and basketcase - as they are dubbed, initially butt heads but throughout the day open up to one another and realise that they are all more than their stereotypes.


Explaining further why the film would be different if created 45 years later in 2020, the actress said: “I think that movies should reflect what is happening in the culture and right now we are at a turning point, especially in this country [United States]."


“There needs to be other voices, there needs to be other issues addressed, it needs to speak to a wider audience, any piece of art," she explained.


“It would have to be a completely different movie, told from a different perspective.”


Sheedy addressed that there is more social awareness now than there was in the 1980s.


"There is no way we can go back to the ’80s and in many ways I think thank god that times move on and so does what’s important to say, and what’s important for writing, what’s important to make as a film, to speak to what is happening right now, and that is the way it should be."


“I think things take longer than we want them to and I think as we all move along and the culture moves along and politics moves along, things have to change," she said.


The film is available to stream on Netflix now.

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