The cake in the closing scene of “Sixteen Candles” was made out of cardboard.
John Cusack almost got the part of Bender in “The Breakfast Club,” but it went to Judd Nelson.
Robert Downey Jr. was considered for the role of Duckie in “Pretty in Pink” which eventually went to Jon Cryer.
Harrison Ford had a cameo as Elliott’s principal in “E.T.”, but it was cut out.
Disney passed on “Back to the Future” because of the odd storyline involving the younger version of Marty McFly’s mother falling in love with him.
Eddie Murphy got the role that Mickey Rourke and Sylvester Stallone both passed on for “Beverly Hills Cop.”
Burt Reynolds turned down the Jack Nicholson role in the movie “Terms of Endearment.”
Charlie Sheen turned down the lead in “The Karate Kid” which went to Ralph Macchio.
The cigarettes the young boys smoked in “Stand By Me” were made of cabbage leaves.
Richard Gere got the lead in “American Gigolo” because Christopher Reeve turned it down and John Travolta backed out at the last minute.