The car was totalled — but it wasn’t totally real.
Alan Ruck shot to international fame in the 1986 John Hughes comedyas cynical and nervous teen Cameron Frye. One infamous scene in the coming-of-age film his father’s sleek 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder.
But did the “Succession” actor actually damage the iconic, cherry red automobile?
“Everyone can relax and breathe a sigh of relief because they were all crap. They were all kit cars,”recently said on regarding the flick’s epic crash scene. “We couldn’t afford a real Ferrari. It was a Mustang chassis with a fiberglass body.
“They were just wretched,” he said, noting that they had three versions of the car. “They wouldn’t start.”
To make things worse, their shoddy construction required numerous takes to do that spectacular sequence — and led to an impromptu celebration when it was completed.
“We did this one scene 16 times because the car would not start,” he remembered. “And when we sent that one out the window, the crew cheered. They were jumping up and down.”
Ruck also revealed to Kimmel exactly how much he was paid for his role as Cameron. “I made $40,000. It was my first big part in a movie, and they’re going to find any excuse not to pay you,” Ruck said.
Ruck currently plays political hopeful Connor Roy on HBO’s hit “Succession.” He told The Post last month that he actually almostfor the family drama.
“I was home in LA and I was trying to get back to work in Chicago,” he revealed. “A lot of family stuff came up during the day and I was like, ‘I can’t, I can’t go to this audition.’ And then finally, I came out of music class with my 2-year-old son, and there were half a dozen voicemails. And they said, ‘Just go to [“Succession” producer] Adam McKay’s house before you leave town. And I did.”
He quipped that he arrived at his audition unprepared and even ended up improvising scenes. Somehow, his method worked and, by the time he went back to Chicago, there was a call telling him he’d gotten the part.
Ruck also dished about his “Ferris Bueller” character and how at the time the movie was released he didn’t think it would be as celebrated as it is now.
“I remember I went to a rough cut screening with [co-stars] Jennifer Grey and Mia Sara and Jeffrey Jones,” he said. “We were all mortified because we thought it was a piece of s–t,” he admitted, while also realizing how blessed he has been career-wise.
“It’s just about every 10 years or so, somebody from the top shelf reaches down and says, ‘Alan, why don’t you come hang out with us for a bit,’” he said. “And so ‘Succession’ is just continuing my lucky streak.”
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