EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes of 'The Goldbergs' Tribute To 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off'
By Denny Directo
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The Goldbergs, the totally rad ABC comedy, is serving up some good ol' nostalgia when they pay homage to another iconic '80s film--Ferris Bueller's Day Off. ETonline was invited to the set of the special tribute episode.
"My sons, played by Troy Gentile and Sean Giambrone, are obsessed with the movie Ferris Beuller and they want to have their own day off," star Wendi McLendon-Covey told ETonline. "Well, how's that going to go? It is a movie."
In the episode, airing Wednesday, middle child Barry (Gentile) attempts to recreate the classic John Hughesfilm only to have it turn into a disaster. Joining in on the hijinks of the day is Pops (George Segal) and younger brother Adam (Giambrone) who only make the it worse.
McLendon-Covey, who plays the smother of all smothers Beverly Goldberg, teased that audiences will not only get a kick out of the homage to the original film but will be crying in fits of laughter over the shenanigans the Goldbergs find themselves in.
"We'll see them try to have their own day off and it's ridiculous," she said. "In Goldberg family fashion we all bond over our awkward moments and it's really fun."
"It's always been one of my favorite movies," Giambrone said of stepping into Ferris Bueller's shoes. As for how close the show will stick to the Hughes flick, Gentile says the Goldbergs put a little twist on a lot of the iconic scenes from the movie.
"Barry and his brother and his grandfather go through the same situations that Ferris and Cameron go through in the original," he explained. "[But] I'm not playing Ferris Bueller, I'm playing Barry Goldberg who wants to be a Ferris Bueller. That's what makes it such a cool episode."
Joining the cast for the episode is guest star Charlie Sheen, who reprises his memorable role from the 1986 film.
"It was awesome just to have him on set," Gentile set. "He came in here, killed it, and everyone is going to love it. The scene is so spot on like the original and also has its own little twist to it."
The Ferris Bueller's Day Off episode marks the second homage The Goldbergs have paid to an '80s film following last season's tribute to The Goonies. Watch the full video above to find out which movie the cast hopes to recreate next.
The Goldbergs air Wednesday night at 8:30pm on ABC.
For a sneak peek at Charlie Sheen in action watch the clip below.