Stars Do ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Table Read

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The galaxy of stars who participated in the Fast Times table read

A galaxy of Hollywood stars including one prominent member of the film’s original cast, have done a table read of the 1982 movie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The huge cast included such box-office stars as Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Morgan Freeman. And the original cast was represented by Sean Penn, not as the stoner Jeff Spicoli, who he famously played in the film, but as Brad Hamilton.

The event streamed on Thursday night (Sept. 17). Watch an hour-long portion of it below.

That voice!

The all-star cast for the 2020 table read also included Dane Cook, who presented the event, Jimmy Kimmel, Shia LaBeouf, John Legend, Ray Liotta, and Henry Golding.

Heck, we’d be happy to hear Morgan Freeman read the phone book.

Interestingly, Pitt’s character, played in the movie by Judge Reinhold, has an enormous crush at the character portrayed by Phoebe Cates. In the table read, he and Aniston, who were married for five years, played those characters. “Hi Aniston,” he greeted his ex as the stars assembled for the virtual read. When he asked her how she was doing, she replied, “Good honey, how you doing?”

The event benefitted CORE’s Covid-19 relief efforts to protect vulnerable communities, as well as Reform Alliance, which supports criminal justice reform.

Watch a significant portion of the table read

The 1982 film’s cast also featured Forrest Whitaker, Phoebe Cates, Judge Reinhold, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nicholas Cage, Eric Stoltz, and Ray Walston.

In 2005, Fast Times was selected for preservation by the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

Watch the original Fast Times at Ridgemont High trailer

Related: Enjoy some other classic scenes from the movie

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