Toronto Film Festival: Breakfast Club recreated in starry script reading

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Director Jason Reitman (left) with his Live Read cast

Jesse Eisenberg, Christina Hendricks and others have joined Jason Reitman for a live reading of The Breakfast Club at the Toronto Film Festival.

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and Britain’s Richard E Grant also took part in the tribute to John Hughes’ teen classic.

Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Judd Nelson starred in the 1985 original, which told of five high school students spending a Saturday in detention.

Hughes, who died in 2009 aged 59, was represented by his son James.

Reitman, himself the son of Ghostbusters director Ivan, introduced him from the stage as “a fellow member of the nepotism club.”

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The pared-down event lets the script do the talking

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The (original) Breakfast Club L-R: Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall

Highlights of the evening included Eisenberg recreating Nelson’s famous fist salute and Hendricks emulating the scene where Ringwald applies lipstick without using her hands.

Boogie Nights, The Princess Bride and American Beauty are among the films to receive the live read treatment at previous festivals.

Hughes’ film continues to be held in great regard 33 years on, as evidenced by a recent photo showing the cast of the new Wonder Woman film recreating its iconic poster.

The live read event came towards the end of a busy weekend at the festival, which continues until Sunday.

Highlights included the world premiere of Widows, Steve McQueen’s update of the 1980s TV series about women turning to crime after their partners’ deaths.

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