The hour-long streaming event occurred on the Facebook page for Penn’s nonprofit Corps (Community Organized Relief Initiative) and LiveXLive, as well as the criminal justice reform group Corrections Alliance. Dan Cook hosted and Freeman narrated unread, noting a dozen key scenes from coming-of-age dramedy.
Much of the attention paid to the wiring incident – originally scheduled a month earlier, but delayed due to “technical difficulties” – was performed by Pitt and Aniston together 15 years after their divorce. Pitt voiced Brad Hamilton as Judge Reinhold in the film, and Aniston played Phoebe Cates as Linda Barrett. Both re-enact the film’s deeply embarrassing swimsuit sequence.
Roberts voices Brad Hamilton’s younger sister, Stacey Hamilton. LaBeouf handled Penn’s iconic Jeff Spicoli character, and Liotta played several scenes as Spicoli’s antagonist, Mr. Hand, including a memorable scene in which Spicoli gave him a pizza in class. Legend voiced football star Charles Jefferson and his younger brother. Golding played the role of Mr. Vargas, a science teacher. McConaughey took on Mike Damon, while Cook played Mark “Rat” Ratner.
The pre-show banter featured Roberts provoking laughter from the inmates about his Orange Outfit, asking Legend’s spouse, Chrissy Teigen – “Is that what you’re walking around the house for?” – This was followed by the introduction of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in which he described the film as most important for his youth.
The event was concluded by director Amy Heckerling and screenwriter Cameron Crowe, who adapted the script for their book about going undercover at San Diego High School. Heckerling said that Penn did not have to audition for the role because he made such a strong impression and Penn forced everyone on the set to call him “Spicoli” and refused to answer his real name.
He said, “He found work on the sheer force of his scene-ness.”
See the table read here.