Actress Molly Ringwald thrilled film students at the University of Southern California earlier this week when she dropped in for a class all about the films of her late movie mentor John Hughes.
Students are analyzing the work of the 1980s director as part of their film classes, and Ringwald, who starred in Hughes films Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, jumped at the chance to help them understand the moviemaker’s themes better.
As part of her chat with the film buffs, she revealed she introduced Hughes to the music of the Psychedelic Furs, who recorded the iconic theme to Pretty in Pink.
And, according to EW.com, she drew gasps when she revealed she wanted future Lord of the Rings hunk Viggo Mortensen to play her love interest, Jake Ryan, in Sixteen Candles, after kissing him during auditions.
She said, “It was between two men… It was Michael Shoeffling, who ended up being cast, and Viggo Mortensen, who had just moved from Denmark. I was 15 years old, and I flew to New York to read with everyone. It got to the (final) Jake Ryan shot, and we had the kissing scene. And Michael Shoeffling did not kiss me during the audition – Viggo Mortensen did.
“He made me weak in the knees. Absolutely.”
Ringwald teamed up with Mortensen years later in Fresh Horses and the actor revealed he thought the kiss cost him the role.
She explained, “He said, ‘I’ve always been curious, do you know anything about what happened?’ And I said, ‘Hey man, I was rooting for you. I really wanted you for that part.’
“I brought up the thing about how he kissed me and the other guy didn’t. He said, ‘I always thought that’s why I blew the audition! I go over it again and again. Why did I do that?’”