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Cast Of ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ Explains How They Shot That Iconic Parade Scene In Chicago


Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is arguably one of the most iconic movies of the ’80s. Members of the cast revealed that if not for a few fateful moves, it could have been a completely different film.

For one, did you know that Matthew Broderick wasn’t the only person considered to play Ferris? Even though the role was written with him in mind, other popular ’80s actors were considered. Jim Carrey, John Cusack, and Tom Cruise were all contenders.

At the end of the day, it was Matthew who could best embody the energetic Ferris. Also in the film was Charlie Sheen as Garth Volbeck. He would have never sported the bad-boy look in the movie had it not been for Jennifer Grey. Jennifer, who played Ferris’ younger sister Jeanie, recommended Charlie for the role. The actor stayed up for 48 hours straight to get his gaunt look perfected.

Jennifer also snuck herself into the film’s iconic parade scene. Although her character wasn’t supposed to be included, she threw on a different outfit and a wig to be one of the many adoring bystanders in the crowd. She was far from alone. It took over 10,000 extras lining the streets of Chicago to bring that moment of movie magic to life.

It’s been 34 years since the movie came out, but Ferris’ final words in the film still ring true. “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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