Topher Grace fulfills Brat Pack dream with 'Take Me Home Tonight'
Topher Grace stars in the '80's-era film "Take Me Home Tonight" and says that he wishes he could have been part of the "Brat Pack" of the era.
Among the actors included in the group, who starred in many coming-of-age films at the time, such as "The Breakfast Club," were Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.
"I wanted to be in the Brat Pack," Grace, 32, told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I missed my opportunity to be in one of those classic John Hughes films from the '80s, so we wanted to kinda make the lost John Hughes movie and we got to assemble this group of people that is kind of crazy-talented and young, so every day on set is what it looks like- it was a party."
In "Take Me Home Tonight," Grace plays Matt Franklin, an MIT grad who chose to forgo high-paying lab job in favor of a position as a video clerk. His smart sister Wendy, portrayed by Anna Faris, is marrying her vapid boyfriend (real-life husband Chris Pratt). His best friend (Dan Fogler) just got fired from his job and his high school crush Tori Frederking (Teresa Palmer) is back in town. Franklin has one night to make things right.
Grace and his on-screen crush, Palmer dated between 2007 and 2009 but remained mum on the subject. The two were photographed with their hands in each other's back pockets and Grace visited Palmer's family in Adelaide, Australia.
Grace also produced and co-wrote the flick and felt that it was important to pay homage to the '80s without mocking the decade and one way to do that was with a carefully curated soundtrack.
"We wanted to not have any of those cheesy songs from the '80s, we wanted to have like ... I mean I love 'Rock Me Amadeus,' it's kinda like the 'Who Let the Dogs Out' of the '80s. But we wanted to have songs, like a really kick-ass soundtrack, songs that we really dug, that are really of-the-'80s, but also that you love today. Our soundtrack is like number eight or something on the Billboard, it's crazy!"
The film was shot three years ago but it took a while to get the film released because of cocaine use in the comedy.
"There was a bunch of coke in it. A bunch of twentysomethings doing coke," Grace told New York Magazine. "...A bunch of kids doing coke in a movie is kind of a tough thing to swallow. And we're really lucky that when that became an issue we had Ron Howard and Brian Grazer as producers."
Grace rose to fame playing the lead, Eric Forman in the popular Fox sitcom, "That 70's Show." He has also had several big screen roles as Venom in "Spider-Man 3" and alongside Scarlett Johannson in "In Good Company."
The actor's next big-screen role is in "The Double," where he plays a young FBI agent who gets paired with a retired CIA agent (Martin Sheen) to unravel a murder mystery. "The Double" is scheduled to open on June 21.
"Take Me Home Tonight" hits theaters on March 4, 2011. Watch the trailer below.