It’s Hard Out There for a Rufio

When I was 10, I loved the movie Hook in a way that only a 10-year-old could. “Sure,” I thought, “an aging Mork with shaved arms in green tights. Nothing weird about that.” Or, “this food fight scene seems to be lasting about 45 minutes–I’m loving it!”

But do you know what I did not like very much at all (aside from the way Robin Williams somehow developed pointy ears after “remembering” who he really was. Gross)? That brash, cocky young  pretender to the Lost Boys’ throne, Rufio. He was so edgy, so pouty–so definitely a Lost Boy for the ’90s, or at least Steven Spielberg’s late-’80s reckoning of what a ’90s Lost Boy might be (which seemed to be something that might have crawled out of a trashcan in a Billy Idol music video).

Over time, my attitude toward Rufio softened to the point where, as an adult, I have mixed feelings about seeing actor Dante Basco reprising the role for which he will always be known/pigeonholed/mocked in this semi-sarcastic “homemade” remake. I mean, I love that his armor is made out of plastic spoons, and I think the college-aged guy that plays Peter Pan’s son Jack sells his character’s life-changing moment of clarity a little better than in the actual movie, but where is this all leading for Rufio?

Hopefully it’s just a publicity stunt to lure financiers into the feature-length Rufio prequel he has in the works. Even though we had our differences in the past, I’d hate to think Neverland’s brash, untamable warlord has become a pawn in someone else’s game.

(via Laughing Squid)

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7 Responses to It’s Hard Out There for a Rufio

  1. old man fatima says:

    Rufio was probably my first age-appropriate crush. I lost my mind when he was in But I’m a Cheerleader, and I will always love him.

  2. flanny says:

    Guys, does everything really need a behind-the-scenes making-of featurette? I ask this as someone who has spent many minutes of her life watching BTSs of 1D music videos.

    • Casey says:

      That link weirded me out, too. It was kind of like, your main video already plays like a behind-the-scenes video.

  3. facetaco says:

    Dante Basco’s first role was “Boy who mistakes ovaries for ears in Sex Ed.” His most recent was “Gangly Asian.” Life has not been kind to Dante Basco.

  4. summerestherson says:

    I also loved Hook an unreasonable amount as a child. When I grew up and found out that it was actually a flop, I was totally shocked, because in my house, and at my school, it was one of The Movies To Watch.

    Also, I think the peeps at Disney/ABC were getting real tired of Dante Brasco harassing them (as I’m almost positive he probably did,) because they specifically wrote a line in this season where Captain Hook says something like, “Remember when I killed your little friend Rufio?”

    • summerestherson says:

      Ugh, that last sentence was in reference to Once Upon a Time.

    • Casey says:

      Haha exactly! I was totally surprised to enter the larger world and learn that it was considered to be a bloated wreck and Spielberg’s worst movie. I mean, I can see that now, but I’ll always have a soft spot for it.

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