Obviously, Nerd Bastards isn’t a sports site, but we too noticed the passing of Gordie Howe last Friday. The man spent most of his career playing for the Detroit Red Wings, and that image of the red jersey emblazoned with the number 9 has another connection to pop culture beyond the man called “Mr. Hockey.” Indeed, we saw Alan Ruck walk around in the jersey for 90 minutes in the 1986 hit Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. So here’s a question: why would Cameron Frye, a teenager living in suburban Chicago, be walking around Blackhawks country wearing a Red Wings’ jersey? Apparently, there’s an answer for this continuity error.
Coinciding last week with the 30th anniversary of the film’s release, Ruck said in a new interview that while the fact that Cameron’s choice of outfit wasn’t a consequential plot point, there was still a backstory explaining why the character wore Detroit’s colors and not Chicago’s.
“Since I didn’t grow up in Chicago, I never gave it a thought.” […] “[Writer/director] John [Hughes] had spent some of his boyhood in Detroit. [Hughes] had decided that Cameron had a horrible relationship with his father, but a great relationship with his grandfather, who lived in Detroit and would take Cameron to Red Wings games. That’s all it was, and it was never explained in the movie.”
“If you look at the rest of what I wear [in the film], it’s pretty straightforward — khaki pants and loafers. Nothing too crazy. [Cameron] was kind of a bottled-up kid, and his dad was authoritarian and had a lot of rules. The Red Wings jersey was his own little act of defiance—of saying, ‘This is who I am.'”
Previous fan theories about Cameron’s hockey preference have focused on the idea that he was a recent transplant from Motor City, but it turns out he was just flipping the bird to his old man. Of course, a foreign hockey jersey is no substitute for trashing your dad’s prized vintage sports car, but whatever floats your boat, Cameron.
Of course, this whole jersey controversy is hardly the most interesting thing about Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; not when you consider that Hughes wrote the script in six days, or that Charlie Sheen was awake for 48 hours before shooting his cameo, or that there’s still, to this day, no soundtrack album. But now you know something new about Ferris Bueller, and knowing is half the battle…
Source: Mel Magazine