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The Breakfast Club’s Ally Sheedy insists film ‘wouldn’t be all white kids’ if remade today as she calls for diversity


The Breakfast Club star Ally Sheedy has admitted that a remake of the film would need to be diversified (Picture: Getty/Rex)

The Breakfast Club’s Ally Sheedy has insisted that the film would not be just ‘white kids’ if it was remade today and has pointed out that a change in the diversity of the cast would need to be made.

John Hughes’ classic 1985 comedy-drama followed five high school students from different walks of life – albeit all Caucasian – as they sat through a Saturday detention under a power-hungry principal (played by Paul Gleason).

The disparate group included rebel John (Judd Nelson), princess Claire (Molly Ringwald), brainy Brian (Anthony Michael Hall), jock Andrew (Emilio Estevez), and outcast Allison, played by Sheedy.

Looking back at the movie ahead of its 35th anniversary, Sheedy noted that aspects would need to be reworked.

‘I think they would have to change quite a bit in the movie if it was going to be relevant now,’ Sheedy told Metro.co.uk in an exclusive interview.

‘I don’t think it would be all white kids in a suburb of Chicago. I think that’s one thing by itself. I don’t think that [five white kids] would be particularly relevant or powerful today.

The Breakfast Club celebrates its 35th anniversary this month (Picture: Rex)

‘I think there would be some changes in the women in the film and how they are spoken about and how they speak to other people. It was very much John Hughes’ story and vision.

‘The film was more about him than it was anyone else. It would be totally different, especially now he’s no longer here.’

Sheedy also admitted she would change Allison’s infamous makeover scene from the film – a moment where Ringwald’s character took her aside and applied her products, transforming her entirely.

‘Back then it was let’s take the ugly duckling and make her into the swan,’ Sheedy said.

‘It was a recurring theme that happened time and again across film and television. It wasn’t unfamiliar. It wasn’t something I was thrilled about doing.’

Although Sheedy confessed that she’s not sat down and watched The Breakfast Club for 20 years, she is game to see where all the characters would be at now and would be up for a reunion of some sort.

‘I know there have been a couple of different people who’ve tried to organise something like that,’ Sheedy told us.

‘I think it’s a little difficult to track down some of the cast. I don’t think we would do it unless everybody was up for doing it. I would be up for doing it, but I’m not sure everybody would be.’

Ally Sheedy is hosting the NOW TV Breakfast Club 35th Anniversary watch party on 7th June. 

To apply visit nowtv.com/breakfastclub35. If you can’t make it The Breakfast Club can be streamed on NOW TV with a Sky Cinema Pass for £11.99.

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