Last night I picked up the newly released Pretty in Pink (Everything’s Duckie Edition) from Target. I’ve been waiting for this for 20 years. The DVD was supposed to have the original ending where Duckie (Jon Cryer) gets the girl. Instead it was a feature explaining how and why they change the ending in favor of rich stupid Blane (Andrew “Blinky” McCarthy*). Apparently if Robert Downey Jr. had been cast for the role Duckie would have gotten the girl, but since Molly Ringwald didn’t think Cryer was cute there was no chemistry. Apparently acting as if there was chemistry was too much of a stretch. They didn’t show the completed scene, just showed some behind-the-scenes footage while filming and talked about it a lot. If you ever wondered why McCarthy’s hair looked so bad in the final scenes, it was a wig. He had shaved his head for a play when they shot the revised ending.
It was cool to hear the cast and crew perspectives of how and why. I still feel a little gypped. I wanted to see the scene. But I’m attempting to take the disappointment with calm. I don’t want to be one of the rabid fans who still accost Cryer and share their indignant rage that he was cast aside. After all, it was twenty years ago and truly, Duckie didn’t win Andie, but he won this misfit’s heart.
* I've always described McCarthy as blinky when trying to define why he bugs the crap out of me. Watching some of the special features last night it occurred to me that he doesn't blink so much as unblink. He opens both eyes bigger, like nostril flaring two inches too high.