8 Fun Facts About Weird Science

Facts About Weird Science



1. ONE OF THE STARS USED TO BE A BALLET DANCER. 

Ilan Mitchell Smith, a.k.a. The Other One, not Anthony Michael Hall, attended the Joffrey Ballet School on a scholarship before he got into acting. Following his stint, he became an academic and is now a professor of middle ages English Literature in Cal State Long Beach. 

2. In Japan, he was called Philip & ELECTRIC VENUS. &hellip, 

which a reporter for The Austin Chronicle once misheard as Electric Penis. Other foreign titles include: Touch Me, I'm Yours; Fantasy Woman; Oh, This Science; Cool Magic with Lisa. 

3. IT WAS WRITER DIRECTOR JOHN HUGHES SECOND FILM THAT YEAR, AND HIS THIRD IN 15 MONTHS. 

Hughes had composed a few earlier comedies, but his time writing and directing was on Sixteen Candles, that was released on May 

4, 1984. The breakfast club came out on Feb 15, 1985, followed 6 months later by Weird Science. The man was busy. 


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5. THREE MONTHS AFTER THE OPEN FILM, GEEK ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL, AND BULLY ROBERT DOWNEY JR. WERE REUNITED AS SNL CAST MEMBERS. 

Hall was just 17 at that Time, making him the youngest SNL cast member so far. He also Downey was two out of the six new hires that only lasted that one season before Lorne Michaels retooled the cast. Here they are on Weekend Update, reviewing a book with farts. 

6. WEIRD SCIENCE IS ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL DIDN'T APPEAR IN NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION. 

He played young Rusty from the original Vacation but decided to make Weird Science in place of the sequel. And so was born the tradition of the Griswolds children Being played by another actor in each Vacation movie. 

7. THE HIGH SCHOOL USED IN EXTERIOR SHOTS WAS THE SAME ONE USED IN SIXTEEN CANDLES AND RISKY BUSINESS. 

That would be Niles East High School, in Skokie, Illinois. It'd closed in 1980, which explains why it was available for movie shoots. Since that time, it's been torn down. 

8. SIXTEEN CANDLES AND WEIRD SCIENCE 

Are located in the same fictional town of Shermer, Illinois. Hughes made up the name, but he obtained it from a real origin: Shermerville was the original name of Northbrook Hughes hometown.





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