The 'St. Elmo's Fire' star is reuniting with many of his former co-stars as they explore the infamous group of '80s heartthrob actors
The Brat Pack is making its long-awaited return to the screen, over 40 years after the group of young actors sat at the top of Hollywood’s totem pole.
Among his other interviews include Breakfast Club alums Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez, Pretty in Pink’s Jon Cryer, Back to the Future star Lea Thompson and Ordinary People’s Timothy Hutton. McCarthy also chatted to several key members of production, including directors, casting directors, screenwriters and producers,” per a description of the documentary, the outlet reported.
In his Instagram post, McCarthy said it was “an amazing experience to reunite with so many of the old crew."
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Brats will also see McCarthy — who became an acclaimed travel writer and dabbled in television directing after his run as a Brat Pack member — sit down with David Blum, the New York Magazine writer who crafted the group’s nickname in 1985.
He previously told PEOPLE that he “wasn’t even there” when Blum spent the night with some of the actors and coined the term. “It was just like boom, there it is. And I recoiled from it. The term was cast in a very pejorative way. And the last thing you want in Hollywood is to be boxed in," he said.
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In a statement about the documentary, McCarthy said, “The Brat Pack has cast a long shadow over my life and career. After all these years, I was curious to see how it had affected my fellow Brat Pack members. What I found was surprising — and liberating.”
The film will explore “how the label caused a frenzy and impacted each of [the actors], personally and professionally,” per Deadline.
The forthcoming Hulu documentary is not the first time McCarthy — who made his big-screen debut in 1985’s St. Elmo’s Fire — has delved into the history of the famous group of actors.
He published a memoir, Brat: An '80s Story, in 2021, which was described as a “revealing look at coming of age in a maelstrom, reckoning with conflicted ambition, innocence, addiction and masculinity,” per the book’s description.
"I’ve carried the brat pack around with me all these years,” McCarthy told PEOPLE in a statement ahead of the memoir’s release. "I thought it was time I took a good look under that rock. What I found surprised me."
He's also admitted that despite some struggles — “I couldn't watch movies I was in for years,” he told PEOPLE last year — "acting saved my life when I was 15 in many ways."
"I discovered acting in the high school play and that was it. And the course of my life was set and it saved me," McCarthy said.
Brats will stream sometime in 2024.
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