Demi Moore Opens up About Her Cringeworthy Performance in ‘St Elmo’s Fire’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Emilio Estevez, Demi Moore, Rob Lowe and Melissa Gilbert

Demi Moore was as soon as generally known as probably the most profitable lady in Hollywood. Yet earlier than her profession took off, she was forged in what would develop into a pivotal position: St. Elmo’s Fire. Despite this being the movie to launch her total film profession, she nonetheless considers her efficiency within the film “cringeworthy.” Particularly throughout one scene, which she will be able to’t even carry herself to look at anymore. 

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Demi Moore says she is so much like her character, Jules

In Moore’s memoir, she lets us in on her historical past with medicine and alcohol. In her early 20s, the actor was hooked on cocaine whereas engaged on General Hospital. 

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But the director of St. Elmo’s Fire, Joel Schumacher, refused to let her star in his movie until she received sober. “Go kill yourself on someone else’s movie,” he instructed her. “I’m not going to let you kill yourself on mine.” 

Luckily, Moore entered rehab after that incident and remained sober for 20 years. 

Loads of the scenes from ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ are primarily based on real-life occasions

After getting his heartbroken by a lady at Duke University, Carl Kurlander (the St Elmo’s screenwriter) tried to freeze himself to dying in his dorm room. “Trying to freeze yourself to death in North Carolina is not the easiest thing to do,” stated Kurlander.

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Demi Moore holds a cigarette in a scene from the movie ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’, 1985 | Columbia Pictures/Getty Images

And within the film, Moore’s character Jules tries to freeze herself as effectively. According to Cinemablend, the actor finds this second extraordinarily “cringeworthy.”

“Sitting on the floor with all the windows open in the cold was a cringeworthy moment for me,” she reveals to CinemaBlend. “It’s probably better that I haven’t seen the movie recently. I am sure I would find many more.”

But director Joel Schumacher says the scene is meant to be cringeworthy. 

“That part was satirical and tongue-in-cheek,” he says, in line with Cinemablend. “She’s so f*cking dramatic all the time. Demi did it fantastically, but it was ridiculous. Do you know how long it takes to freeze herself in a Georgetown apartment? She’s not in the Antarctic.”

Demi Moore fell in love with Emilio Estevez on the set of ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’

The actors in St. Elmo’s Fire turned finest mates in actual life. Just like their characters, they might spend all their time collectively and shared a superb camaraderie. 

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“We were all the best of friends,” remembers Rob Lowe, in line with the memoir titled You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried. “We really supported each other and genuinely liked each other and wanted the other to succeed.” 

“That camaraderie was real,” the ebook reveals. “It really was. Everybody truly liked each other and ended up close while we were filming. And it got on-screen. Everybody did everything together… everything.” 

But it wasn’t all platonic. As revealed in Moore’s autobiography, she fell in love with Emilio Estevez on the movie’s set. The two entered a severe relationship whereas filming, and after six months, received engaged. And though they in the end determined to name off the marriage resulting from Estevez’s alleged infidelity, they’re nonetheless shut mates to this present day. 

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