Bender is back! Judd Nelson stepped out looking a lot like his character John Bender from the 1985 cult classic The Breakfast Club on Sunday, January 10.
Nelson, 56, appeared to take a page right out of the movie’s final scene while running errands in West Hollywood. He wore a similar long gray coat, a button-up, loose-fitting pants and black boots. All that was missing? A clean-shaven face, a fist pump in the air and Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” playing in the background.
The Billionaire Boys Club actor starred in the John Hughes movie opposite Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian Johnson), Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish) and Ally Sheedy (Allison Reynolds). To Mr. Vernon (Paul Gleason), their principal, they were otherwise known as a criminal, an athlete, a brain, a princess and a basket case.
The Breakfast Club gang has reunited several times over the years, including, notably, last March, when Ringwald and Sheedy attended the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, in honor of the movie’s 30th anniversary. “I always loved the script, and I loved the movie, but I never imagined that we would be talking about it 30 years later,” Ringwald said during an interview on the Today show that month.
“There’s been nothing to replace it,” she told Us Weekly in 2010. “Until something comes along that can hold a candle to these movies, they will continue to be what they are.”
The cast was deemed the original “Brat Pack” in Hollywood because of how often they appeared in ’80s films together. Other Brat Pack stars included Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy and Rob Lowe, who appeared in hits such as St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) and Pretty in Pink (1986).
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