Fast Times at Ridgemont High was the latest film/television series to get a table read to benefit charity and this rendition was very different from the original 1982 film.
The celebrity-studded hour-long table read included Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Jimmy Kimmel, John Legend, Ray Liotta, Julia Roberts, Shia LaBeouf, Morgan Freeman, Sean Penn, and Henry Golding and it took place on the Facebook page for Sean Penn’s nonprofit CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and LiveXLive as well as the criminal justice reform group Reform Alliance.
The event was hosted by Dane Cook with Freeman narrating the unrehearsed read, which was surprisingly flawless.
The table read was actually scheduled a month ago, but put on hold due to “technical difficulties”. The best part of the event was Pitt and Aniston reuniting 15 years after their divorce. Pitt played Judge Reinhold’s Brad Hamilton and Aniston played Phoebe Cates’ Linda Barrett. They even re-enacted the film’s awkward swimsuit sequence and Freeman appropriately ad-libbed “Lord, have mercy.”
As for the rest of the celebrities, Roberts voiced Stacy Hamilton, the perky younger sister of Brad Hamilton, LaBeouf voiced Penn’s iconic Jeff Spicoli character, Liotta played Spicoli’s antagonist Mr. Hand, Legend voiced football star Charles Jefferson and his little brother, Golding played science teacher Mr. Vargas, McConaughey voiced Mike Damone, Penn played Taylor Negron’s Pizza Guy, and Cook played Mark “Rat” Ratner.
The table read raised more than $135,000 for CORE and Reform Alliance and attracted an audience of four million viewers.
Don’t miss out of this one-of-a-kind event. Check out the virtual table read below.