I’ve already discussed my love of John Hughes extensively on my blog, as this year marks the 30th Anniversary of unforgettable hit, The Breakfast Club.
The year after that teen classic hit theaters John released another one of my all-time favorites, Pretty in Pink, starring Jon Cryer, Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and James Spader.
And everyone who’s seen the film knows one of the best moments occurs at TRAX, the record store Molly’s character Andie works at after school. Her lovelorn pal Duckie – Jon – shows off his best moves as he dramatically enters the store dancing along to Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.”
And now, the new host of The Late Late Show, James Corden has give us all the great gift of reuniting Jon with his rad, Eighties duds, dropping him in a replica TRAX set, and letting him loose to the tune of that memorable classic.
On an episode of the late night talk show the pair recreated the iconic scene from 1986’s Pretty in Pink, much to the delight of every fan – and the show’s screaming audience.
The Two and a Half Men star (who celebrates his 50th birthday today!) looked ageless as he and Corden replicated the beloved scene, even running out into the audience to mimic a particularly memorable dance move on the set’s staircase.
Following the impressive performance – which now leaves me dying to revisit the scene that inspired it, Hughes marathon, anyone? – Jon tweeted the host back, joking: “.@JKCorden I’m still sore. Thank god we didn’t recreate the dance from “Dirty Dancing”‘
— Jkcorden (@JKCorden) April 15, 2015
Jon has been busy lately, as he saw the series finale of his high-rated CBS sitcom, and his memoir, So That Happened… recently hit shelves on April 7.
The tell-all tome is said to detail his three-decade career in Hollywood, beginning with his star-turning role in Pretty in Pink, as Molly’s best friend — though, fun fact (or not so, since Duckie is the best), in early screenings of the film he was actually meant to end up with Andie, but it was changed to Andrew’s character after test audiences did not respond well to their pairing.
Jon also details his unforgettable experiences working with big names such as Charlie Sheen, John Hughes, Robert Altman, Molly Ringwald, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Christopher Reeve – among many others – in the work, according to the memoir’s description.
Happy Birthday, Jon — and thanks for the best #tbt ever!
Until next time,