LOS ANGELES, May 24 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Jon Cryer says Duckie, the quirky character he played in "Pretty in Pink," was not gay, despite his co-star's recent statements saying he was.
Molly Ringwald recently told Out magazine she feels late writer-director John Hughes included gay characters in most of his 1980s film classics, even though it might not have been obvious.
In the 1986 teen romance "Pretty in Pink," Ringwald said, it was her character Andie's male best friend forever, Duckie, who was gay. The movie is about how Duckie competes with Andrew McCarthy's wealthy, popular Blane for Andie's affections.
"Duckie doesn't know he's gay," Ringwald told Out magazine. "I think he loves Andie in the way that [my gay best friend] always loved me. That [original ending, which had them together] 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 John was here now, and I could talk to him, I think that he would completely acknowledge that."
EW.com said Cryer doesn't agree with Ringwald's characterization of Duckie.
"I respectfully disagree. I want to stand up for all the slightly effeminate dorks that are actually heterosexual. 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," he told Zap2it.com.