16 Things You Might Not Know About "Sixteen Candles"

Could you imagine Viggo Mortensen as Jake Ryan?I

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1. John Hughes wrote the role of Samantha Baker with Molly Ringwald in mind. After he received a headshot of her it inspired him to write the movie.

4. Hughes was so impressed with Anthony Michael Hall's performance in National Lampoon's Vacation (a film that Hughes wrote), that he created the role of Ted “The Geek” with him in mind.

6. Michael Schoeffling (Jake Ryan) was so shy during his audition that he almost lost the role. But the film’s producer Michelle Manning found him so “stunning and dreamy” that they cast him.

13. This was the second movie both Joan and John Cusack co-starred in.

The siblings have co-starred in nine other movies together:

Class (1983), Grandview, U.S.A. (1984), Broadcast News (1987), Say Anything... (1989), Grosse Pointe Blank (1997), Cradle Will Rock (1999), High Fidelity (2000), Martian Child (2007), and War, Inc. (2008).