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In today's tolerant atmosphere, many well-known celebrities have made the decision to come out to their fans -- but actress Molly Ringwald has taken it upon herself to out someone she's close to. Luckily, that person just happens to be a fictional character.
According to the muse of '80s teen flicks, her character's best friend in Pretty in Pink (played by Jon Cryer) was actually gay.
Ringwald, 44, tells Out magazine that her character Andie's best guy pal, Duckie, (whom some audiences wanted her to end up with) obviously loved her -- but not really in a sexual way. She admits that there was an alternate ending of Pretty in Pink shot in which Andie chooses Duckie over Blane (Andrew McCarthy), but that test audiences hated it.
"Duckie doesn't know he’s gay," the Secret Life of the American Teenager star tells Out. "I think he loves Andie in the way that [my gay best friend] always loved me. That ending fell so flat -- it bombed at all the screenings. 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 [screenwriter John Hughes] was here now, and I could talk to him, I think that he would completely acknowledge that."
In fact, Ringwald believes that Hughes, who died in 2009, "wrote a lot of gay characters" into his movies without overtly acknowledging them as such.
"It was something that we never talked about," she admitted. But she insists that some characters in Some Kind of Wonderful and The Breakfast Club "easily could have been gay."
Despite Ringwald's theories about Duckie and other Hughes characters, her Pretty in Pink costar disagrees.
"Yes, she said that the guy whom Duckie was based on was gay. It's a different thing. Let's be clear here," the Two and a Half Men actor tells Zap2it. "No, she actually said that if one projected beyond the movie, that Duckie would be out by now. And I respectfully disagree."
Cryer thinks guys like Duckie are just sensitive and dorky, but it doesn't necessarily mean they're gay.
"I want to stand up for all the slightly effeminate dorks that are actually heterosexual," he adds. "Just cause the gaydar is going off, doesn't mean your instruments aren't faulty. I've had to live with that, and that's okay."