Was watching the ending of Pretty in Pink last night and a question popped in my head and I offer it to you, now, for discussion:
If they remade Pretty in Pink today, would Duckie be cast as a gay character?
Think about it: he’s a great friend, devoted to her, has great advice, doesn’t want to see her get hurt: he’s a good “friend.” For many men, being on the other side of the “friend” label is no good. These days, though, a “friend” just makes for a great gay character. Duckie practically carried the movie, anyway. And, in the final Duckie scene above, imagine it’s a guy who notices him …
Anyway, that random thought led me to this:
The Top 5 80s Movies Characters Who Would Be Gay in the Remake (it’s a working title).
#4. Cameron Frye, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. He’s the third wheel of a brewing love triangle, but it’s his devotion to Ferris that gives it away. There’s the scene when Cameron and Sloane share a tender moment that could be interpreted as flirty. In the remake, however, they both realize the implication of the thing they have most in common is admiration for Ferris.
#3. Allison Reynolds, The Breakfast Club. Ally Sheedy’s wonderful portrayal of a character who knows who she is, but chooses to present something different is poignant. The remake would be a relatively easy switch since no one really believes that she and wrestler Emilio Estevez have a permanent connection.
#2. Corey Flood, Say Anything. Lili Taylor’s misfit, lovelorn, artist is prime for a switch. After all, she’s been betrayed by the societal norms, she feels like she doesn’t “fit in” to its cookie-cutter relationship bonds. Through her mourning over Joe she discovers why true love has been so hard to find.
#1. Jake Ryan, Sixteen Candles. What? Yes, this could be a shocker, but I think Jake’s character, in the remake, would discover that he’s gay. After all, he is unsatisfied with the “hottest” girl in school — he gives her to the geek. Maybe Sam could help him realize that he needs to be true to himself and not to the peer pressures around him.
So … there you have it. What other 80s characters are “prime” for a switch in their inevitable remakes?