In 1985, viewers watched two nerdy high school students create a woman in a homemade science experiment, exact revenge on their abusers, and capture the attention of their crushes. The movie was Weird Science, and the two geeks, Gary Wallace and Wyatt Donnelly, were played by Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith. In the 37 years since Weird Science was released, Hall and Mitchell-Smith have gone in very different directions with their lives. While Hall is still acting, Mitchell-Smith has thrown in the towel after his teen film days and now works in education.
Read on to learn more about the lives and careers of Mitchell-Smith and Hall today.
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In a 2014 interview with Kickin’ It Old School (via Rediscover the ’80s), Mitchell-Smith shared: I really enjoyed it.” But, he added, “I’m lucky to still be in touch with [Weird Science co-stars] Judie Aronson and Suzanne Snyder, Michael [Hall]and Vernon Wells.”
Hall and Mitchell-Smith, along with co-star Kelly LeBrock, met publicly in 2019 at Awesome Con, where they answered questions from fans. A video of their dashboard can be seen on YouTube.
In addition to Weird Science, Mitchell-Smith also starred in the 1980s films The Wild Life, The Chocolate War, and Identity Crisis, among other roles. He retired from the business in 1991, with his last role being an appearance in the TV series Silk Stalkings. In recent years, Mitchell-Smith has returned to acting in two parts: a voice role on the animated series Ax Cop and a guest role on The Goldbergs in an episode inspired by Weird Science.
Mitchell-Smith, now 52, went to college after his career as a young actor and later became a professor. “I’m a professor of Medieval English Literature at California State University, Long Beach,” he told Kickin’ It Old School. “I’ve published quite a bit about medieval chivalric romances, violence and monsters, and I’ve also written quite a bit about contemporary recreations of the Middle Ages, in Disney princesses or in online games or in medieval action movies.”
As for his personal life, Mitchell-Smith is married and has two children.
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Unlike his co-star, Hall has continued to act since rising to fame as a teenager, thanks to Weird Science and two other John Hughes-directed films, Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Some of his other projects include Edward Scissorhands, Six Degrees of Separation, The Dark Knight and Foxcatcher. Most recently, he appeared in the movie Halloween Kills, and has a recurring role on The Goldbergs, but was not in the episode with Mitchell-Smith.
Hall got engaged to his fiancee Lucia Oskerova in 2019. According to People, they started dating in 2016 and appeared together in the 2017 movie War Machine. In September 2019, he posted pictures of their engagement, which took place in Sicily, in Instagram, and captioned the post with the quote, “The best thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”
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