Was Duckie’s Character in ‘Pretty in Pink’ Actually Gay? Molly Ringwald Says Yes
John Hughes’ beloved 1986 classic movie ‘Pretty in Pink’ featured a love triangle between Andie, Blaine and Andie’s best friend Duckie (played by Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy and Jon Cryer, respectively).
In the end, Andie chooses Blaine, but in a recent interview, Ringwald said that was only natural since she believes the Duckie character was actually gay — something Cryer denies.
While talking with Out.com, Ringwald said that two endings for the movie were actually shot — one in which she ended up with Blaine, and another in which she and Duckie lived happily ever after. The latter ending bombed with screening audiences, and Ringwald, who currently stars in ABC Family’s ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager,’ claims to know why:
Duckie doesn’t know he’s gay. I think he loves Andie in the way that [my gay best friend] always loved me … I didn’t realize it then — I just knew that my character shouldn’t end up with him, because we didn’t have that sort of chemistry. If Jon was here now, and I could talk to him, I think that he would completely acknowledge that.
Just one problem with that theory: Cryer says that despite appearances, the flamboyant Duckie was really straight as an arrow.
“I respectfully disagree,” the ‘Two and a Half Men’ star told Zap2It. “I want to stand up for all the slightly effeminate dorks that are actually heterosexual. Just because the gaydar is going off doesn’t mean your instruments aren’t faulty. I’ve had to live with that, and that’s okay.”
But if you’re looking for any drama here, don’t bother. Ringwald and Cryer are friends, and she even tweaked at him by tweeting that she’s Team Spader — referring to James Spader, who played the snobby bully Steff in ‘Pretty in Pink.’
“She assured me privately via Twitter,” Cryer laughs, “that she was truly into Duckie. She said that instead of being Team Duckie or Team Blaine, she was actually Team Spader. [But] I think we’re all Team Jimmy Spader at this point. I don’t blame her.”
Just for nostalgia’s sake, watch as Duckie lip-syncs to Otis Redding’s ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ in one of the most memorable scenes from ‘Pretty in Pink.’