Did Alan Ruck really crash a Ferrari in ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’?


The automotive was totalled — however it wasn’t completely actual.

Alan Ruck shot to worldwide fame in the 1986 John Hughes comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” as cynical and nervous teen Cameron Frye. One notorious scene in the coming-of-age movie showed Cameron crashing his father’s modern 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder.

But did the “Succession” actor truly injury the enduring, cherry crimson car?

“Everyone can relax and breathe a sigh of relief because they were all crap. They were all kit cars,” the “Spin City” actor, 65, lately stated on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” relating to the flick’s epic crash scene. “We couldn’t afford a actual Ferrari. It was a Mustang chassis with a fiberglass physique.

“They were just wretched,” he stated, noting that they’d three variations of the automotive. “They wouldn’t start.”

To make issues worse, their shoddy building required quite a few takes to try this spectacular sequence — and led to an impromptu celebration when it was accomplished.

Director John Hughes talks with Matthew Broderick as Mia Sara and Alan Ruck wait in a faux-Ferrari on the set of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
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“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 additionally revealed to Kimmel precisely how a lot he was paid for his function 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 stated.

Ruck presently performs political hopeful Connor Roy on HBO’s hit “Succession.” He advised The Post final month that he truly virtually missed out on his audition for the household 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 home earlier than you allow city. And I did.”

He quipped that he arrived at his audition unprepared and even ended up improvising scenes. Somehow, his technique labored and, by the point he went again to Chicago, there was a name telling him he’d gotten the half.

Ruck additionally dished about his “Ferris Bueller” character and the way on the time the film was launched he didn’t assume it will be as celebrated as it’s now.

Ruck with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” co-stars Mia Sara and Matthew Broderick.
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“I remember I went to a rough cut screening with [co-stars] Jennifer Grey and Mia Sara and Jeffrey Jones,” he stated. “We were all mortified because we thought it was a piece of s–t,” he admitted, whereas additionally 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 stated. “And so ‘Succession’ is just continuing my lucky streak.”


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