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Bueller?…Bueller?…

There is absolutely no debating that John Hughes films were the epitome of the 80’s. The characters, the clothes, the story lines reminded us all of a swankier version of our day to day lives. Even to this day future generations can’t help but identify with the characters of his many films. One of the most famous by far is Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 
The movie has so many iconic moments, but one of the most remembered is the scene where the economics teacher takes roll call. Ferris is playing hooky from school and the teacher played by Ben Stein repeatedly says “Bueller, Bueller…” to his empty chair.  That 150 seconds on screen changed Ben Stein’s life forever.  “By total chance, without ever having seen the inside of an acting school, without ever having read scripts or gone on a cattle call, I was given a part in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” Stein once said.  He recalled, “They wanted me to just do one simple thing – call the roll, offstage. And the studio extras and all the crew laughed so hard that John Hughes called producer Michael Chinich aside and had a hurried conference, and they said, ‘We’re going to put you on camera. We’d like you to improvise a scene, a subject you really know well.’” “So I said, ‘Well, what do I know really well? Let’s see, I really know a lot about the Great Depression.’ So I just improvised that scene on camera. And we did it all in one take. I did it all out of my head.”
Stein graduated from Columbia in 1966 with a degree in economics.  He later went on to become a speech writer for Presidents Nixon and Ford. Through a series of people he knew through Richard Nixon he became friends with Michael Chinich who gave him the part in the movie. “Working on this movie was the most laughs, the most giggles, the high point of my life ever since I helped write Richard Nixon’s resignation speech. I’m totally serious.” Stein admitted.
Stein later went on to have an entire career in comedy. Even earning an Emmy for his show on Comedy Central. He speculates though that on his gravestone it will still say “Bueller?…Bueller?…”.
 “Ferris didn’t do a single thing to hurt anybody else. He just freed the people he was around. When I walk down the street in Georgetown on a summer night, when there are all the college kids there to be summer interns, every few steps somebody says, ‘Bueller, Bueller – Anyone? Anyone?’ I love it. I love it, love it, love it, because see – Ferris Bueller liberated me, too. Ferris Bueller said, ‘You don’t have to be locked away at your typewriter. You can be yourself and let people see your personality.’”  Very well said Mr. Stein.

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