Thirty years have passed since Lewis, Gilbert, Poindexter, Lamar, Wormser, Takashi, and Booger banded together as Lambda Lambda Lambda and emerged victorious over their Panhellenic douche-donis tormentors from Alpha Beta.
Somewhere amid the panty raids, electric-violin pyrotechnics, drunk tricycle riding, and moon-bounce hanky-panky, Revenge of the Nerds became a rallying point for anyone who’d ever felt “laughed at and made to feel inferior,” for anyone who’d ever felt “stepped on, left out, picked on, put down.” It seems fitting that Nerds didn’t sweep any awards shows or top the annual box office (it settled in a respectable 16th place). Nonetheless, after several sequels, a short-lived sitcom, and the advent of at-home entertainment, the film has taken on iconic status in the past three decades. Booger himself, a.k.a. Curtis Armstrong, admits that the cult hit “has never gone away.”
Armstrong — a prolific actor who’s been on everything from Moonlighting to Supernatural, and who’s now celebrating nerds as co-producer of reality TV’s King of the Nerds — talked to EW about his experiences shooting the film, the Booger-ography he wrote to get himself into character, and his experiences with real-life nerds (Tri-Lambs and beyond). READ FULL STORY