Bad Boys (1983)

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Bad Boys (1983)

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Let’s go back to 1983, a year that saw a whole bunch of movies filmed in Chicago. Bad Boys was loaded with stars to come including Clancy Brown, Jim Moody, Esai Morales, Ally Sheedy, Eric Gurry, Jason Gedrick, Alan Ruck, a great friend from back (Donald James), Second City alum and veteran actor Reni Santoni and, lil’ ol me, Sal Amato. Not that I’m a star, just sayin’, it was the first movie I worked on as a kid.

I was a junior at Whitney Young, one of the most over-rated schools in the city of Chicago. I had more days absent than present and if there were any teachers around, they may have figured that out.

Anyways… my drama teacher told me there was a casting call for ‘thug’ looking characters and I should audition. I did, I got the call on my birthday that July to show up at wardrobe the following morning.

A little known secret… on the back of the DVD and on the soundtrack, there’s a picture of me, Jason Gedrick and others in our cell block yelling, looking very angry. It was from a scene that never made the movie. The scene was where we rebelled against “Wagner”, one of the guards.

I had a great time, my dream at that time was to get into Second City. I was accepted as one of the youngest members ever accepted and studied under the late, great Don Depollo.

While filming the movie, I got close with some of the actors who I still talk with to this day.

I hope you’ll enjoy this classic 80’s film as much as I had making it back then.

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Source: Sal Amato


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