Weird Science (1985) Poster



The goodbye scene between Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Kelly LeBrock moved John Hughes to tears.
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In an interview at Comic Con, Kelly LeBrock said when she did the kissing scene with fourteen-year-old Ilan Mitchell-Smith, he got carried away and stuck his tongue down her throat. Afterwards she told him: "If you ever do that again, I'm going to kick your ass!"
According to Bill Paxton, Chet's line "How about a nice greasy pork sandwich served in a dirty ashtray?" was based on something his father John Paxton used to say to him when Bill was hungover from a night of drinking.
John Hughes wrote this film in two days.
Kelly LeBrock's character name was inspired by Apple Computer's first GUI computer, the Apple Lisa.
Anthony Michael Hall passed on starring in National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) to be in this film. As a result, neither Russ Griswold, nor his sister Audrey, have ever been played by the same actors or actresses from film to film.
Anthony Michael Hall makes a reference to a girlfriend from Canada. His character "Brian" from The Breakfast Club (1985) also makes a reference to an imaginary girlfriend from Canada.
In the John Hughes documentary Don't You Forget About Me (2009), Kelly LeBrock describes her character Lisa as "Mary Poppins with breasts."
Vernon Wells, who played the Lord General (lead biker), reprises nearly the same character he played in The Road Warrior (1981). He essentially wears the same make-up, mohawk, mesh tank top, and lots of studded leather.
In the scene where Bill Paxton is speaking to Kelly LeBrock while interrogating everyone over what had happened the previous night, in the background, Suzanne Snyder and Anthony Michael Hall are struggling to stay in character, but it is clear they are laughing. John Hughes chose to use this take in the completed film.
Shermer High School is also the name of the high school in The Breakfast Club (1985).
The film is titled after the anthology comic book series, published in the 1950s by the legendary William M. Gaines and his company EC Comics, which also published Tales from the Crypt and Mad Magazine. The plot of the film is loosely based on the story "Made of the Future" by Al Feldstein, from the fifth issue. Producer Joel Silver had acquired all EC film rights in the early 1980s.
According to a recent interview on The Howard Stern Show, Robert Downey, Jr. cleared up the rumors that he defecated in Kelly LeBrock's trailer. He stated that he and his co-star, Robert Rusler (Max) joked about defecating in people's trailers throughout the shoot. They eventually did it in one female cast member's trailer, but it was not LeBrock's. John Hughes questioned everyone in the cast as to who did it, and when he got to Downey, he replied, "No, but I sure wish it was me who did it." He also stated there was never any tension between him and John Hughes, and he highly respected his friendship.
Robert Rusler said the scene when the rocket came up through the floor was a complicated shot to set up. Right before cameras rolled, Anthony Michael Hall farted, breaking the cast members' concentration, and ruining the take. Rusler estimates the scene cost one hundred thousand dollars to shoot. Because the take was blown, it had to be filmed in reverse, with additional tweaks in post-production.
During the scene where Lisa is walking through the mall to get to the front entrance, a different track plays for the HD and non-HD versions. On the HD version, "Pretty Woman" covered by Van Halen is playing, while on the non-HD version, the title track by Oingo Boingo is playing.
On the last day of filming, Robert Rusler auditioned for the role of Ron Grady in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge (1985). Robert Downey, Jr. drove him to the audition.
Robert Rusler said the first scene he ever filmed as a professional actor, was when his character Max dumps the Slushee on Gary and Wyatt. He also said the celebratory handshake he does with Robert Downey, Jr. right before pouring the Slushee was improvised between the two of them.
Kelly LeBrock initially turned down the role of Lisa, as she was vacationing in France at the time, and was "having too much fun riding horses on the beach".
The piano girl (October 1982 Playboy Centerfold Kym Malin) performed her own stunts. This included the use of a scaffold when hoisted up where the chimney is a makeshift vacuum, where her clothes were ripped off, and a crane when hoisted in the air, where the piano girl lands in the swimming pool half-naked (in real-life, her Playboy centerfold pictorial used a swimming pool in the background).
The jacket worn by Kelly Le Brock in the film, was sold to Dina Collection, a pawn shop in Beverly Hills, California, for twenty-five thousand dollars.
Vernon Wells (Lord General) said his first time visiting America was when he filmed his part in this movie. After filming wrapped, he signed on as another villain in Commando (1985).
Depending on the version of the film, at the end of the film when Lisa is twirling her whistle, either the Weird Science track is played or the Rocky theme is played.
Anthony Michael Hall and Robert Downey, Jr. would later work together in the 1985-86 season of Saturday Night Live (1975).
As is typical for John Hughes films, the cast members break the fourth wall and look at the camera with a stare.
Bill Paxton, Vernon Wells and Mikul Robins appeared in Commando (1985) that same year. Vernon Wells played the film's main antagonist Bennett, Bill Paxton has a cameo as a radar operator and Mikul Robins was Boy in Bed at Motel.
Shermerville was the original name of Northbrook, Illinois, home of Glenbrook North High School, featured in the exterior school shots for Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). The village of Shermerville was incorporated in 1901, and renamed Northbrook in 1923.
One of the pictures Gary and Wyatt feed into the scanner to create Lisa is of David Lee Roth. The version of "Pretty Woman" that plays later, when Lisa is in the mall, was recorded by Van Halen when Roth was the lead singer.
The large Chet puppet was designed to be solely operated by Bill Paxton, but he became too claustrophobic in the suit, so dwarfs Kevin Thompson and Joe Gieb were crammed inside and puppeteered the creature in unison.
Wyatt's computer is a Memotech MTX512, with an FDX add-on.
The same moving shot of the exterior of the high school was used for the beginning of Sixteen Candles (1984), as well as the end of this movie. The same people can be seen making the same movements in both movies.
The Time Magazine, from which Gary and Wyatt accidentally create a nuclear missile, is the January 31, 1983 issue.
Kelly Emberg was originally cast as Lisa, but was replaced after a couple of days of filming.
In the opening scene in Wyatt's bedroom, there is a poster on the wall of Y&T's In Rock We Trust release from 1984. John Hughes was a Y&T fan.
In the final cut of the film, Max and Ian are last seen fleeing the party when the bikers invade. A follow-up scene was shot in which multi-colored clouds engulf the teens and they transform into a pig and donkey. They then bend over to see their reflections in hubcaps of a car and tails rip through the seats of their pants. Producer Joel Silver insisted on cutting the scene, rationalizing that it detracted from a later transformation in the film. Photos of the actors in this make-up were published in the March 1986 issue of Cinefantastique.
Demi Moore and Robin Wright auditioned for the part of Lisa. Their scene partner for their screentests was Mikul Robins, who appears in the movie as one of The Weenies.
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Lisa was made from a Barbie doll, and drives a pink convertible, just like Barbie and her fleet of primarily pink convertibles.
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In the shower scene, Kelly LeBrock is actually wearing a bikini bottom, and her nipples are covered with black tape.
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Wyatt has a poster on the wall of his bedroom with the slogan, "The Wave of the Future", from a promotional campaign for a company called VM Software. The picture is based on "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", a wood-block print by the Japanese artist Hokusai (1760-1849).
The bald biker (Michael Berryman) who refers to his teaching career as he is leaving was played by Michael Berryman also plays the principal in the Mötley Crüe music video "Smoking in the Boys Room".
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A sample of the dialogue is in the song "Good Grief" by Bastille.
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When Chet is climbing the stairs looking for Wyatt and Gary after the big party, he passes a Donnelly family painting, on which someone had drawn mustaches on all the family members.
There are many parallels between this film and The Breakfast Club (1985), which takes place on March 24, 1985, Kelly LeBrock's birthday.
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When Gary and Wyatt are creating the girl, in the background is Kelly Le Brock.
In 1994, the film was made into a television series of the same name. In the television show, Vanessa Angel played Lisa. Michael Manasseri played Wyatt Donnelly, John Asher played Gary Wallace, and Lee Tergesen played Chet Donnelly. The series ran for five seasons.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There is a bumper sticker on Wyatt's door that says "I brake for women". The door explodes and Lisa appears.
John Kapelos (Dino) played Carl the janitor at Shermer High School in The Breakfast Club (1985) with Anthony Michael Hall.
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