Sometimes a movie’s most memorable moments aren’t really part of the script.
Alan Ruck has been in the film and TV business for decades. However, most people remember him best from his early role portraying Cameron Frye, the neurotic best friend of Matthew Broderick’s protagonist in John Hughes’ teen comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
His rapport with Matthew, Alan explains, didn’t require much acting—the two were great friends in real life. “We didn’t have to make anything up,” Alan says. “We were friends. We share the same sense of humor.”
In fact, Alan reveals in his upcoming Oprah: Where Are They Now? interview, the scene in which Cameron pretended to be the father of Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) calling to get his daughter out of school was actually an attempt to make his buddy laugh.
Here, Alan opens up about how he decided on this particular intonation.