Matthew Broderick Reveals He Almost Didn’t Take His Iconic ‘Ferris Bueller’ Role

Matthew Broderick has revealed that he almost didn’t star in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The 58-year-old actor shared the tidbit during an interview with Sirius XM’s Quarantined with Bruce Bozzi and said his main reason for the hesitance was because he thought the film would stereotype him as the actor who talks to the camera.

“I thought [the script] was great, and I had a teeny hesitation because having just done [the plays] ‘Brighton Beach [Memoirs]’ and ‘Biloxi [Blues],’” Matthew shared. “I was like, ‘Wow, I’m talking to the audience, just like in these plays… and even in [the 1985 movie] Ladyhawke he talks to the camera a bit. … You know, when you’re young or starting out you think, ‘I have to do something different.’”

While Matthew did question saying yes for the role, everyone else urged him to take it, as it was a John Hughes film.

“My memory is, before I had hung up the phone, he was like behind me in the room, saying, ‘Yes, you should do it.’” Matthew recalled of his agent’s insistence. “He flew to New York. ‘I’ll see you tomorrow. Let’s just not talk about it anymore now, I’ll see you tomorrow,’ and he came and was suddenly in the room with me, saying, ‘Yeah, I do think you should do it.’”

Obviously, the move was a good one, as the film is a now a classic.

Matthew also opened up about his 23 year marriage to Sarah Jessica Parker. Here’s what he shared…


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