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Why Anthony Michael Hall Skipped the New Brat Pack Documentary

Anthony Michael Hall was notably absent from Andrew McCarthy’s newly released Hulu documentary, BRATS. The film features prominent members of the iconic ’80s Brat Pack, including Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, and Ally Sheedy.

The documentary revisits the era when the term Brat Pack was popularized by writer David Blum in a 1985 New York magazine article. The term described young actors who frequently appeared together in coming-of-age films of that time.

Despite being invited to participate, Hall declined because he wanted to move forward and explore new opportunities. He expressed that he holds no hard feelings and wishes success to his former colleagues involved with the documentary.

Molly Ringwald also chose to abstain from participating in the documentary. Sharing Hall’s outlook, she mentioned to Variety that she prefers to keep progressing rather than dwell on the past. She, like many other Brat Pack members, was not fond of the label as it seemed to reduce their hard work to a notion of special privilege.
TRIGGER WARNING, Anthony Michael Hall, 2024. © Netflix / Courtesy Everett Collection

Even though Hall has not watched BRATS yet, he trusts that Andrew McCarthy did an excellent job. He praised McCarthy for his impressive career, noting his multifaceted success as a writer, director, and actor, as well as a father of two.
BREAKFAST CLUB, Anthony Michael Hall, 1985. © Universal Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection

Hall’s career has continued to flourish post his iconic roles in John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science. His recent works include roles in the Halloween series portraying Tommy Doyle, and the Amazon Prime Video series Bosch: Legacy. He is reportedly working on a new series titled Singularity with Robert Downey Jr.

BRATS became available for streaming on Hulu on June 13.

Source: Particle Media, Variety