“The View”'s Joy Behar praises Anthony Michael Hall for staying 'normal' because most 'child actors were all nuts'

“The View”'s Joy Behar praises Anthony Michael Hall for staying 'normal' because most 'child actors were all nuts'

The "Breakfast Club" actor credited his down-to-earth nature to growing up in New York City and "my tough, Irish-Italian, Catholic mom."

Joy Behar is proud that Anthony Michael Hall survived growing up in the spotlight of the 1980s with his priorities still in tact. She praised the actor, who stars in the new Netflix film Trigger Warning, at the end of their conversation on Friday’s episode of The View.

“You turned out normal,” Behar noted, “a lot of those child actors are all nuts.” To which her cohost Sara Haines jokingly replied, “How well do you know him after these five minutes?”  

But Behar felt confident in her assessment. “I can tell,” she said. “He likes being a father. He likes being a husband. Come on, I don’t need more than that.”

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<p>ABC</p> Joy Behar and Anthony Michael Hall on 'The View'


Joy Behar and Anthony Michael Hall on 'The View'

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Hall kick-started his acting career on several television shows before landing the role of Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation at 14 years old. His solid performance opposite comedy legend Chevy Chase caught the attention of Vacation writer John Hughes, who would go on to cast Hall in several of his now-classics, including Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Weird Science.

But, despite starring in some of the biggest films of the '80s, Hall said that his mom always kept him grounded. “I was raised right here in New York City — let’s give it up for NYC — so it keeps you real. That and my tough, Irish-Italian, Catholic mom, she kept me real too. Me and my sister Mary,” Hall explained. “So thank God I had that foundation of my faith and my family and just kept pressing on.”

The View hosts also noted that Sixteen Candles celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this year, and played a clip from the film in which Hall’s character Ted, a.k.a the Geek, serves up a cocktail for Jake (Michael Schoeffling). Sunny Hostin added that she was especially impressed by Hall's bartending skills in the scene because he was only 16 at the time.

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Hall remembered the moment fondly. “My memory is getting on set and John [Hughes] looked at me and he’s like, ‘We’re gonna get the Sinatra song,’ and then I put on the apron and then I get the cocktail nuts, and I’m crossing my leg like an old man, it just cracked him up,” he recalled. “We were laughing our asses off just shooting that scene. It was really fun.”

Although he can't quite believe so much time has gone by since then. “It’s a trip to have movies that are 40 years old,” he said. “Whoa! I’m still here. It’s wonderful. It’s a real gift.”

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