Being a member of the so-called "Brat Pack" is something Anthony Michael Hall has had to live with for nearly twenty-five years, and after watching his interview on "The Mortified Sessions" (Mondays, 8PM EST on Sundance) it's pretty clear that he's grown tired of the moniker. Hall, who was a fixture in John Hughes' iconic '80s films "The Breakfast Club," "16 Candles" and "Weird Science" talked to Dave Nadelberg about the origin of the nickname and called it nothing more than "an annoying label."
"It was a New York Magazine article, and they sat a bunch of actors down at dinner and they got them drunk and they got them talking about themselves. I wasn't even included in the article, and it just became the cover story slogan, and it has nothing to do with anything," he said.
The article, "Hollywood's Brat Pack," written by David Blum, is still available online in the magazine's archives, and is fascinating to re-read given the cultural phenomenon it gave birth to. The piece focused on Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe, and described them as "a roving band of famous young stars on the prowl for parties, women, and a good time." Despite not being mentioned in the article, Hall's roles in Hughes' zeitgeist-capturing movies made him an honorary member in the public consciousness anyway.
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