Every once in a while a great fan theory goes viral. And, why not? Who doesn’t like a great fan theory from their favorite movie? Today I would like to discuss one of these very theories.
The theory is that the character Cameron, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, actually created an alter-ego. This alter ego’s name was… Ferris Bueller. In this theory, Ferris is the exact opposite of Cameron in what he says and does in any given situation. This is much like what we see in Fight Club with The Narrator creating Tyler Durden. I perused the website that explained this theory, but I want to point out certain scenes in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off that help support it. They are not presented in chronological order.
The Day Off
First off, both Cameron and Ferris Bueller fake being sick. Do you think this is mere coincidence that they happened to be sick on the same day, or did they both plan to be sick just days before the set date?
Cameron’s Answering Machine
Whenever Ferris Bueller calls Cameron, Cameron has Ferris on speaker phone. He never once picks up the phone. This is supposedly letting the audience know that Cameron is having a conversation with himself in bed.
Another scene has Cameron say that he is dying. Ferris shortly chimes in (once again via answering machine) saying, “You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.”
How else would Ferris Bueller know what Cameron said earlier, unless Ferris was in fact a voice inside Cameron’s head?
And, there is yet another scene in which Ferris Bueller breaks the fourth wall and bets 20 bucks that Cameron is in his car debating whether or not he should go out. In the next scene Cameron is in the car doing the same thing that Ferris Bueller predicted. Either Ferris knows Cameron very, very well or he is in Cameron’s head and he knows what he’s doing at that very moment.
I personally found that this was very interesting seeing Ferris driving a Ferrari. There being two reasons: the similar spellings in both names, and Ferris Bueller’s relation to the Ferrari. While Ferris is driving, Cameron is always behind for the ride, this shows that Ferris is in control and Cameron has given up on trying to argue with Ferris and lets him “take the wheel,” if you will.
Also, a little side note, the license plate on the Ferrari that Cameron kicks at the end reads “NRVOUS.” Something to think about.
Bueller… Bueller… Bueller…
When the Economics Teacher asks for “Bueller” for the umpteenth time, it is later revealed by one of the students that Ferris is sick. When the teacher asks for Fry, it shortly cuts to Cameron being sick in bed. Now you’re probably wondering, “Why is the teacher taking attendance for a student who doesn't exist?”
This may be a bit of a stretch, but keep in mind that Cameron and Ferris are one and the same, Cameron’s real name is Ferris Bueller. The name “Cameron” is what Ferris gives to his “less secured side,” and this is who Ferris doesn't want to be. Ferris/Cameron is letting his alter-ego take the name Ferris, because Ferris/Cameron wants to be the “Hero”! Which would make sense, because after Ferris saves Cameron from drowning in the pool, Cameron says, “Ferris Bueller, you’re my hero.”
The Phoney Phone Call
And finally, remember when Ferris made a recording of himself for whenever people would ring the door bell? I’m betting that when Cameron is making a “phony phone call” as Sloane’s dad, he also made a recording of himself as Ferris. If you notice, Ferris talks with no pauses and doesn’t even give Rooney a chance to respond. If you watch it with your eyes closed, it sounds like a normal recording.
There are many more scenes that support this theory, but I only shared the most interesting ones.
What do you think? Is Ferris Bueller an imaginary friend that Cameron made up from the sixth grade, or am I breaking the first and second rules of Fight Club by talking about it?