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Interview with Anthony Michael Hall of "Halloween Kills"

When Anthony Michael Hall burst into Hollywood, he quickly became known as the baby-faced sarcastic teen in the John Hughes movies, "Sixteen Candles and "The Breakfast Club."

It led to instant stardom and an official membership into the beloved 1980s clique, The Brat Pack - the label used in a famous New York Magazine profile in 1985 for the actors who starred in "The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire."

But today Hall looks back on all that attention with nothing more than an eye-roll. Don't get him wrong: He loved the films he starred in, he told Insider, but the idea that he, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, and Andrew McCarthy ever hung out together is a tabloid-induced dream.

"It didn't exist," Hall told Insider of the famous group.

It took decades for Hall to run out The Brat Pack label, but when he did he resurfaced as a respected character actor giving impressive performances in such movies as "The Dark Knight," "Foxcatcher," and "War Machine." Now Hall, 53, has nabbed a meaty role as one of the leads in "Halloween Kills."

In the sequel to the 2018 "Halloween" release, Hall plays the adult version of Tommy Doyle, the young boy, who in the original 1978 "Halloween," is terrorized by Michael Myers alongside his babysitter, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). In "Kills," he leads the town in an uprise against Myers.

Hall chatted with Insider about being part of the beloved franchise, sets the record straight about what The Brat Pack actually was, and explains why he regrets not taking the lead in the 1980s classic "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

[quote] In the past decade-plus you have really turned into a reliable character actor compared to your superstardom as a kid. Has that been intentional?

I have always had this workman's attitude about it. I always knew when I was a kid that I wanted longevity so you don't often have the luxury of "what part am I playing" or selecting things. So yeah, I just have tried to mix it up.

But even when I was a kid and doing the John Hughes movies and doing one year on "SNL," I was never in a clique. I never benefited from being in a gang in Hollywood -

[quote] Alright, hold on. Hold on. You cannot say you were never in a clique. You were in the clique that started all cliques in modern-day Hollywood. You were a part of the Brat Pack.

Okay, here we go. It didn't exist. It was a media ploy. Whoever was the editor of New York Magazine at the time, it was a set up. "Let's get all these guys together and get them talking shit." The truth is in that time frame, I was at the very young end of that group. I was literally still in high school. When we did "The Breakfast Club," Emilio and Judd were in their early 20s and they are going out and having beers and I was a teen. So when they did that article I did feel that was a ploy to get all them yapping.

[quote] Fellow Brat Packer Andrew McCarthy has said he's never met you. Is that true?

Yeah. I have never met him.

[quote] So my whole childhood has been a lie, thinking all of you were hanging out in the 1980s.

(Laughs) And I also think audiences want the actors that they watch together in projects to be actually connected in life. They expect that. People will be like, "How are Emilio and Judd?" And I'm like, "I don't know. I haven't seen them in 14 years."

[quote] Which role do you regret not taking the most: Ferris Bueller or Duckie in "Pretty in Pink?"

Hughes wrote Ferris for me. I was busy with other work so I wasn't able to do Ferris. It turned out to be the biggest hit he had at that time. And I thought it was a great movie for [Matthew] Broderick and for John [Hughes].

Ducky was also written for me. What happened was when I was a kid, John really wanted me to do both of those projects. To be very frank with you, he was offended and was hurt that I didn't do the roles and we started to lose touch after that.

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by Anonymousreply 26October 16, 2021 10:50 PM

It's one of the saddest things of my life because I loved the guy. He was a big brother to me. I spent a lot of personal time with him. I was his third kid. Back in the day when we did those films, I would hang out with him, and his wife, and two kids, so I was their third son in a way. I had a real close relationship with John.

[quote] Did it hurt you that he didn't understand you wanted to spread your wings beyond him?

You have to remember, he wrote all these movies and there was a high level of sensitivity, almost like he still was a teenager in some regards because he would take things very personal.

[quote] If you could have talked to him before he passed away in 2009, which role would you say to him you should have done?

It would be Ferris because what I felt reading "Pretty in Pink" was it felt like a reboot of "Sixteen Candles." The girl wants the handsome kid and the dorky kid is after her. To me it was replicating "Sixteen Candles." But I thought there was a real uniqueness to Ferris. I thought that would have been a lot of fun.

If you think back at "Sixteen Candles" - that scene where I'm with the prom queen and I crash the Rolls-Royce and I break the fourth wall and I look into the camera? There's the basis for Ferris. We discovered on set together. He would see that would work and that led to him creating a character like Ferris, who is always breaking the fourth wall.

[quote] So what is your take on Tommy, the repeated survivor in the "Halloween" franchise? Is he a good guy in your eyes?

I totally think so. ["Halloween Kills" director] David Gordon Green gave me this hero's part, which is incredible. A lot has been said about this mob mentality in the film and the fact that with all the societal issues that have happened in the past few years since this movie was made, it's almost like life is imitating art.

[quote] Is it different watching it now compared to when you made it due to the world being so crazy since then? The riot in the hospital has this feel of the Capitol riots.

Yeah, but it's all happenstance.

[quote] I know the Blumhouse movies are ignoring the "Halloween" sequels that have been made, but did you do a deep dive into how Tommy is portrayed in other Halloween movies?

Honestly, I love what you said. I did none of that. [Laughs.] But I was taken off guard by one thing: A couple of weeks into the shoot, David texted me and said he got a call from Paul Rudd and he was excited I was playing the part. So I did get the blessing from one past Tommy Doyle.

by Anonymousreply 1October 15, 2021 9:40 PM

Damn, he looks sexy as hell at 53 years old.

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by Anonymousreply 2October 15, 2021 9:42 PM

More often than not the nerdy ones age well.

by Anonymousreply 3October 15, 2021 9:48 PM

I used to baby sit for Anthony Michael Hall. Boy, do I feel old...

by Anonymousreply 4October 15, 2021 10:32 PM

His part in Halloween Kills is embarrassing but AMH is about the only actor on screen with any charisma.

by Anonymousreply 5October 15, 2021 10:37 PM

He looks great! Loved him in Sixteen Candles and Weird Science.

by Anonymousreply 6October 15, 2021 11:31 PM

He looked a hot mess a few years ago and didn't he get arrested for assaulting his neighbor. I remember reading about him harassing some people on a vacation. I wonder if he is still Cray cray bipolar.

by Anonymousreply 7October 15, 2021 11:42 PM
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by Anonymousreply 8October 16, 2021 12:15 AM
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by Anonymousreply 9October 16, 2021 12:17 AM

[quote] Damn, he looks sexy as hell at 53 years old.

[quote] More often than not the nerdy ones age well.

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by Anonymousreply 10October 16, 2021 12:31 AM

[quote] He looked a hot mess a few years ago and didn't he get arrested for assaulting his neighbor. I remember reading about him harassing some people on a vacation. I wonder if he is still Cray cray bipolar.

I was wondering the same thing.

Either he was on drugs and stopped using, or he was off his meds and got back on them.

I don't think a major movie would have hired him without either of the above.

by Anonymousreply 11October 16, 2021 12:53 AM

Why the anger, the rage? Does he have some sort of insecurity from his "nerd days"?

by Anonymousreply 12October 16, 2021 1:08 AM

^he was really rude to psychic Kim Russo on her Celebrity Ghost Stories show. He practically walked off when she clocked him as a recovering alcoholic.

I love her to death, so I lost a lot of respect for him for that!

by Anonymousreply 13October 16, 2021 6:47 AM

[quote] He practically walked off when she clocked him as a recovering alcoholic.

I would have done the same thing. That's not cool.

by Anonymousreply 14October 16, 2021 7:02 AM

She didn’t do it explicitly, she told him something like a spirit had been warning him about alcohol or some such, & he flipped out. In another episode she revealed an actress (b-list) had been severely abused in her youth, & wasn’t sure if she wanted to share on camera. It turns out she was molested. In a more recent episode, she asked Paula Abdul if she’d had a miscarriage in her former house they were touring, & Paula burst out crying & admitted she had—And her ex was the only one who knew this. AMH was the only one who was rude about the revelation, & his was the most discreetly revealed, I believe he ended up admitting he’d been in rehab as a late teen/young adult.

by Anonymousreply 15October 16, 2021 8:17 AM

Isn't he some weirdo hardcore Christian now? He looks angry and aggressive, like he has issues.

by Anonymousreply 16October 16, 2021 8:56 AM

John Hughes did the same thing to AMH as he did to Molly Ringwald. Stopped speaking to them when they finally said "no thanks" to a film he was planning for them. It was like he wanted to keep making the same movies with the same cast forever. WTF was his problem? Weirdo.

by Anonymousreply 17October 16, 2021 10:31 AM

His episode of Community is absolutely hilarious. (Christmas dance?)

by Anonymousreply 18October 16, 2021 11:22 AM

I'm kind of shocked that in all these years, Anthony Michael Hall has never been married.

Has he even had a steady girlfriend?

by Anonymousreply 19October 16, 2021 1:38 PM

R19 how can he be married with all his mental and emotional issues. He would have ended up having his own metto when his ex wife accuses him of abuse. He has enough issues as it stand.

by Anonymousreply 20October 16, 2021 1:45 PM

Don’t get yer hopes up guys. He has girlfriend in the Niagara Falls area.

by Anonymousreply 21October 16, 2021 2:26 PM

R21 that’s his personal business.

by Anonymousreply 22October 16, 2021 10:22 PM

His parents were first cousins, obviously

by Anonymousreply 23October 16, 2021 10:24 PM

Hideous

by Anonymousreply 24October 16, 2021 10:26 PM

I think Lifetime has found its Alex Murdaugh.

by Anonymousreply 25October 16, 2021 10:29 PM

He's a lifelong good friend with Downey Jr who likes creepy and violent Christians. AMH gives me Mel Gibson vibes.

by Anonymousreply 26October 16, 2021 10:50 PM
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