AThe Feldog discusses his upcoming role on the funniest sitcom to ever hit the small screen.
Corey Feldman rocks!
The man is a living legend. And he has survived over three decades in showbiz. No small feat for someone trying to make it out here in the mean concrete jungle. I've been a fan of the Felddog since he made his small screen debut on the television series The Bad News Bears way back in 1979. Shortly after that, it seemed you couldn't turn the channel, or step into a theater isle without seeing his precocious face. He appeared in some of the most popular films of the eighties, including The Lost Boys, Gremlins, The Goonies, The Burbs, and License to Drive just to name a few.
Not only is he an actor, but he is also a musician. Corey started touring and putting together his first record in 1994. Since that time, he has rocked a million faces and put out three more excellent albums. His fourth LP is currently being produced, and the first track Take a Stand is available for download at his website Coreyfeldman.net. The guy is a regular renaissance man.
Despite all of his achievements, though, the thing Corey Feldman is best known for is hooking up with one of his peers, the like named Corey Haim, back in 1987. Even though the relationship was purely plutonic, the two Coreys have been inseparable ever since they starred together in the classic vampire saga The Lost Boys. They carved a niche at the time, and rode it through two more vary popular films, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream.
In 1989, the duo decided to go their own separate ways, feeling they needed to find their individuality in the fast paced world of entertainment. Both actors failed to attract the kind of attention they had garnered during their heyday together, so they once again teamed up in 1992 for the critically acclaimed HBO action flick Blown Away (a film as notorious for its gratuitous nudity as it was for the reteaming of the two Coreys). After once again finding success with that cable movie, the two friends decided that it was written in the cosmos to keep all creative partnership doors open and alive.
The two Coreys have since appeared together in 1994's National Lampoon's Last Resort, 1995's Dream a Little Dream 2, 1996's Busted, 2003's Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, and a 2005 episode of Robot Chicken.
Now, they are once again back together for what could be the greatest sitcom of all time. A&E will premier their new comedy The Two Coreys on July 29th, at 9:00 pm. The show finds Haim moving in with Feldman and his wife. It's a reality check version of the odd couple with Feldman playing the neat freak and Haim playing the slob. The first seven minutes are absolutely hilarious, and you can watch them right now if you CLICK HERE
I recently got a call from Feldman on my cell phone, which was a little like getting a call from God himself. We had a pretty awesome little chat. Here it is in its entirety:
Corey Feldman: Hi, Paulington! How are you doing?
Good, how are you doing, Corey?
Corey Feldman: I'm doing all right.
Excellent. So, I've seen the seven minute clip of your new show on A&E, and I've got to say, it's awesome.
Corey Feldman: Thank you. Thank you.
I'm truly a big fan of yours. I always have been.
Corey Feldman: That's always nice to hear. You know? That's a lot better than someone saying, "I saw that seven minutes, and after I woke up, it was a good dream." (Laughs) There's more to be seen. Each episode really tells a story, and it really has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Hopefully a positive message comes out of each episode. Although its enticing to see the clip stuff, it's a lot more rewarding when you get to sit through an entire show.
I can't wait for that. One of the things I found so funny was the scene where you are yelling at Haim about the mud on the carpet. And he's trying to pick up all the little pieces. Are you playing up this clean-freak role, or are you really that anal in real life?
Corey Feldman: Its funny. As you're saying that, I'm actually pacing around my bedroom here, going, "God, this carpet is a mess, man. I'll have to steam clean it here, soon." (Laughs) No, I do have a bit of a neuroticism. But what do you expect? I'm a short Jewish guy. It happens.
How closely does this show adhere to your own real life, and how much is scripted?
Corey Feldman: Well, that's a good question. And I can't give you the full answer because then I'd get a beating. The truth of the matter is that it is very delicately riding the balance between scripted and unscripted reality. Which is that, all of the scenarios and scenes are something that we created for the purpose of a good show. To entertain people, and tell a good story. This was planned out and set up so that we could actually tell the story. A lot of that had to do with the fact that Corey and I were both executive producers. Creatively, we were able to craft the show with the other guys, who are very talented. That said, and part of the point is, the real aspects of the show are the emotions that are conveyed. The interactions between the three of us are very real. It is one hundred percent organic. For example, The Lost Boys episode, where I have to break the news to Corey that they wanted me to do the film and they didn't want him to do the film...That is a very honest real moment that I purposely did not tell him about or lead him on in any direction. It was kept very close to the vest until the cameras were rolling. Then I broke the news to him. That reaction that you see from him, and my dissertation of that story, is all very honest. And it is all very organic. I'd like to say that most forms of reality programming...I don't feel that they are virtuous or honest at all. Those shows are very contrived. Look at most of the shows that are out there. Take something like the The Surreal Life, for example. Which I was a part. That couldn't be further from the truth. The events that happened. The way that they happened. Yes, there are cameras following you around twenty-four seven. But the producers go and extract little things. An example of what I mean, there's this slogan out there from me, that has been perceived as one of the many quotes from me. It says, "I am an icon." And, "I am an industry." All of this stuff. Well, you can search on the Internet and find a million different websites that have this line on there. And it says, "Oh, yes, this is a quote from Corey." It is completely untrue. It is completely fabricated. What, in actuality, happened was, the producers sat me down to do an interview. And they would ask me questions. And they asked this question that started out, "You are an icon. You are an industry. You are this great entertainer. You are even more than that. How does it feel to be that guy?" And my response was, "Well, you know, I really don't see myself that way. I'm just an actor and an entertainer, and I hope people enjoy what I do." They said, "That's a great answer, but can you repeat the question so that we know where to edit. We need to know where we are coming in." So I ask, "Okay, what do you want me to say?" "Well, can you just repeat the line...I'm an icon. I'm an industry. And this is how people see you. But this is how you see yourself." So, I did that. And they go and edit it where they don't use the answer. And they only use the question. And suddenly that becomes the perception of what's real. It is very contrived. On this show we don't do any of that. We set up the scenarios, we put ourselves in the situations, and then we let the cameras roll. Everything that is conveyed is coming from the heart and its honest.
From what I've read, I understand that you weren't happy with the way you were portrayed on the The Surreal Life. But I've never heard or read a direct statement from you on the matter.
Corey Feldman: That is very much the truth, going back to the example that I just gave you. What those producers do when they create "reality television" is, they take these different personalities and they throw them into the same situation. When I agreed to do that show, I did it for one purpose and one purpose only. And that was because I was told...Now, mind you, there had never been another show like it at the time...When I agreed to do the show, I was told that they were going to take these great personalities and they were going to throw them together, and they were going to let us be ourselves, so that people could see us for who we really are. And that was the intrigue for me. There had been so many misconceptions, and so much scrutiny surrounding the controversy I'd had in my life up until that point. I felt that this was a great opportunity to be myself and go out there, and show the world who I really am. And, at the end of the day, what they eventually did was...Say everyone in the world has six personality traits. That makes them who they are. You put all of those together, and those encompass your actual persona. Right? Well, what they would do is take just one of those elements, and then put blinders on the rest of them. So, they would say, "Lets take the crazy kid element of Corey, and lets focus on that." So, from that, they drew me to be this egomaniac asshole. I would sit there every week and watch the show with my head in my hands going, "I can't believe the way they are portraying me, because I hate the person that is on television right now. If this was really me, I'd probably end it all right now." Because, who wants to be that guy? That's a terrible person. It couldn't have been further from the truth, and I was so disheartened and upset by it all that I vowed I'd never do anything like it ever again. And it took me years of working very, very hard to recover from it, and to bounce back. And to show people that they were misinformed and deceived.
You are perceived as being more well known than Haim. Does that ever put a strain on your relationship.
Corey Feldman: I don't compete with him. It's not like that. We're brothers, and we are family. It's never gauged on who is doing better at the moment. The facts are, we have both been in this business for a long time. I have been doing this for well over thirty years, and I think Corey has done it for almost that long. We are always there to kind of support each other and commend each other. When he has a victory, I applaud it. And vice versa. I think that's the nature of our relationship. We don't perceive it as "who's cooler that day" or "who's not". You know?
Were you at all apprehensive about doing this show with him?
Corey Feldman: Sure. I was. Yeah. Obviously, he's had quite some troubled times. My fears didn't steam from whether it would make me look good or bad. My perspective is that I always want to help him, as any friend would help a friend. If there's a way that I can pull him up, then I'm there for him in that regard. But, that said, just from a strictly professional level about what is going to happen, if he was the same guy that I worked with last time...The last time I worked with him was on a film where he was so out of it that I had to fire him, because I was the director. So, that was the last time that we worked together. So, obviously embarking on a new element of something together was a bit scary. And it was nerve racking. But, once said, when he finally showed up on the set and I saw how dedicated he was, and the fact that he had gone through tremendous hurtles such as losing a hundred and fifty pounds, and cleaning up his act, and doing all this work on himself that he had done...I knew immediately that we had a good shot at this actually working.
Dream a Little Dream 2 just came out on DVD a couple of weeks ago.
Corey Feldman: It did? I didn't know that.
I want to know what was going on during that time period? What brought that sequel about?
Corey Feldman: Well, I'll give you the short answer. Which is money. (Laughs) That's what made that movie happen. I think we were both at a point in our careers where the artistic integrity of our endeavors was not at the forefront of our decision making process. Speaking personally, I was recovering from a bad stint, and I had a lot of financial debt that I needed to recover from. And that was basically an avenue at the time for me to do that. At the time, I still tried to make the best movie that I could. But, in hindsight, Dream a Little Dream was such an important film to me, and really, really meaningful in the body of my career, that I wish I hadn't made that choice when I did. It was one of those misguided career choices where everyone said, "Yeah, you gotta do it! You gotta do it!" I thought, "Well, I am a producer on it. And I'm doing the music. Maybe I can make it something cool." But it didn't really follow the direction artistically that the first one had. And I do regret that. It could have been much better. If we were going to do a sequel, it should have been done right.
You didn't even know that it had come out on DVD?
Corey Feldman: Right.
That's interesting. I wanted to know, because I always love to hear you speak, doesn't anyone ever approach you about doing a commentary for these movies?
Corey Feldman: Not that one. They probably didn't have much of a post budget for the menu and that sort of thing. It depends on what the film is. I did do the commentary for The Goonies, and for License to Drive, and for Stand By Me, but...
Now wait a minute, let me ask you a question...
Corey Feldman: Those movies have a much higher budget for what's going to be on the DVD itself, and what's going to be on the menu. Obviously, they have a bit more to play with, and it's easier for them to get a crew together, and rent the studio, and do all those sorts of things. But a film like Dream a Little Dream 2, I think it's a little bit more haphazard. I think they just throw together whatever they can without really trying to perfect it.
Now, you just said you did an audio commentary for License to Drive. The copy I have only has a commentary by the director Greg Beeman on it. Is there another version of the DVD coming out with a commentary from you?
Corey Feldman: No, we didn't do a typical audio commentary for that film. What we did was sit and watch the film. Corey and I did it separately. And there were little video clips on the DVD. Basically, they just had to highlight the great moments, or the funny moments, or whatever. And we sat and talked about it. Kind of the same thing we did for The Lost Boys. Its not an honest commentary by virtue, but it is a commentary because we sat and watched the clips, and reflected on those.
Now, you were talking about The Lost Boys 2 a minute ago. From what I understand, you are no longer a part of that?
Corey Feldman: Who was talking about The Lost Boys 2?
You mentioned it a moment ago when you were telling me about one of the scenes from The Two Coreys.
Corey Feldman: Right. Yes, yes, yes, yes. That was something we were told was happening. Our initiative on it was, well, both of us felt this was the type of film that shouldn't be going straight to video. It's very dear to us, and very close to our hearts. If they are going to make a sequel, we'd like to see it done right. The other fold to that is, they asked me to do it, but they did not ask Corey to do it. Which is something I had a problem with. Obviously, Corey was really the star of that show. Or one of the stars, with Jason Patrick, Kiefer Sutherland, and Jamie Gertz. And I felt that if anybody had a right doing the sequel, it was him. That said, even after all of the sensationalism that we have said about how wrong it is, and how adamantly we were against it, Warner Brothers is still pursuing the avenue of getting me to do the film. The film has not been shot yet. And they are still trying to get me to do it.
Is Haim being in the film one of your stipulations to appearing in it?
Corey Feldman: Well, at this point, I don't have any stipulations because I have just flatly turned them down. I haven't even considered anything. I hear they are still vying to pitch me another offer, and get me into the fold. But, at this point, the answer is "no". I don't feel right about doing it without Corey.
Good, because I wouldn't want to even see it if both of your weren't in it. I don't even want to see it if Jamison Newlander isn't in it. Have you gotten a chance to see the Mouth figure that's coming out?
Corey Feldman: No, I haven't even heard about that.
Yeah, they've got a line of The Goonies action figures coming out. I figured that you'd gotten some advanced copies.
Corey Feldman: That's informative. Where did you hear that from?
They had shown them at the recent New York Toy Fair, and there's pictures of them on the Internet.
Corey Feldman: Really. You saw it where?
They previewed them at the New York Toy Fair. I wish I could give you the toy maker off the top of my head. If you type The Goonies Action Figures into a Google search you'll find pictures of them.
Corey Feldman: And this is a Warner Brothers commissioned thing?
Yeah. It looks like it is.
Corey Feldman: Its legit? It's not like somebody decided to go off and do this in their garage?
No, those figures are totally legit. They are planning to show them off at this year's Comic Con.
Corey Feldman: Hmm, interesting. You are the first I have heard of it. You are making me aware of information that I am obviously going to have to have some people look into. Thanks.
They are obviously not fan made. Your figure looks really good.
Corey Feldman: Well, good. I'm glad to hear that. Hopefully they gave me good muscle tone and a nice bulge. All those silly things. (Luaghs) I'm just joking.
Corey Feldman: Comic Con is a great event, and I love it, but first of all, we had the The Lost Boys DVD, which falls in line with the comic book world. As well, I was there for other purposes because I had my Disney animated series running at the time. Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! So, I was there campaigning for both of those projects at the same time. This year, obviously, we have quite a plateful of stuff ahead of us to promote the new show. And I don't think it really falls in line with the Comic Con audience. So, we didn't think about targeting them.
I disagree with you. Everyone I've talked to has asked me, because I have to go every year, if you guys are going to be their promoting the show. And I have to break the news that you are not.
Corey Feldman: Ah, well...You never know. Its in August or September, right?
No, actually it's the last weekend in July.
Corey Feldman: That would be your answer. We're going to be in New York promoting the show. We are having two premier parties. One of which is going to be at the Marquee Club in New York on the 25th. And on the 27th, I'm doing a huge birthday bash, which we do every year. Which is also a premier party for the show. It's a big red carpet event. My band is performing. We're doing the first episode, and all that kind of stuff. So it's a big event. I'm pretty preoccupied with putting together all of these things. But please send my love to all of the folks out at Comic Con. I'm really sorry that I can't make it. I had a good time, and I'm a huge fan of the genre. So, I'd be the first one out there looking for all that cool Star Wars stuff, and whatever else they might have.
I remember you guys pulled in more attendees than The Simpsons. Which was a pretty big feat to pull off.
Corey Feldman: I think they said we had more than The Matrix sequels, too, which were coming out at the time. It was quite a compliment. We were quite pleased to see all the people that still cared. From our perspective, it's like, "Does anyone still even give a shit?" You know? If five people showed up, we would have been pleased.
I understand that you have a forth album coming out soon?
Corey Feldman: I'm working on it, yeah. I'm about three quarters of the way through it. Unfortunately, I've been too busy...Wait, not unfortunately. I've done three films this year, so I have been pretty lucky. I've just been busy with trying to balance everything. I just launched my new website, and I have my first official line of Corey Feldman merchandise coming out. It's actually out now, and people can order it. That has taken a lot of time as well. You want to make sure you put cool stuff out there. So, I've been working on that, and I've been working on the music, and I've been working on the show, and the different events surrounding it. Plus, I have to be a dad and husband somewhere in-between there.
I wanted to ask you about the merchandise. Is there any chance you can put up any different color besides white for the Feldman in 08 shirts?
Corey Feldman: Yeah, I think it's just the way that we did the printing. You've obviously seen the stuff. I think we are planning on doing a black one, but it all depends on the screen print and what you can put up against it. Because of the colors we used, the red, white, and blue, it doesn't really work that well on pink or yellow. That's kind of the way it sits.
Okay, because I almost ordered one, and I didn't want to get the white.
Corey Feldman: That's good information. Would you order the black?
Totally. I was going to order the black long sleeve one earlier today, but then I saw that it was a woman's shirt.
Corey Feldman: We'll be sure to get a black one up there for you. I'll see what I can do.
That would be excellent. You know, I talked to Quentin Tarantino during the press for Kill Bill, and he told me that he was adamant about getting both you and Corey Haim involved in Grindhouse. Was he just talking, or did he ever approach you guys about that? Or has he approached you guys about appearing in anything?
Corey Feldman: Not as far as I'm aware, but you knew about an action figure I didn't know about. So, it seems that you are more informed about these things than I am. In hindsight, I would love to work with Quentin anytime. I've met Quentin and he is a very nice guy. And I am a great fan of his work. And I know, speaking on behalf of Corey, that we would both be honored to have that opportunity. But that opportunity hasn't arisen yet.
I'm really hoping that he is going to do that. He seems to be a huge fan of both of you guys.
Corey Feldman: He's always said he is. So, we'll see if he puts his money were his mouth is. Hopefully. That would be nice. I would enjoy it.
Watching the ads for The Two Coreys, you guys almost come to blows in one of the scenes. Do you guys ever get into some heavy-handed fights in this show?
Corey Feldman: Well, I don't want to give away too much. You're just going to have to tune in every week and find out what happens. Again, I will say that the emotions conveyed are real.
Do you know what any of the plans are for the DVD?
Corey Feldman: I do not know that yet.
I don't get A&E here at the house, so I am kind of disappointed about that.
Corey Feldman: That sucks. I'm sorry about that. A&E is a great network. So, if you can find a way to tell your cable operator, they defiantly have some great shows.
Now, in one of the clips I did see, I couldn't help but notice all the memorabilia in the house. From what I understand, that house is a rental?
Corey Feldman: Correct.
Have you guys ever considered setting up something like Feldland, that was kind of like Graceland, where fans can come in and check out all of this memorabilia?
Corey Feldman: (Laughs) It's really just a house, you know? It pretty much emulates the house we live in, in Los Angeles. Although we do have a nice game room and a beautiful pool, and all that sort of thing. Its not quite Graceland level yet, but if you would like to start the construction, or send me over some blueprints, I'd be more than happy to take a look at them.
Well, I might actually take you up on that offer.
Corey Feldman: Okay, well, send it on over.
I was looking up some stuff on the Internet today, and I finally saw the Robot Chicken episode. Now, how did you guys get involved in doing that?
Corey Feldman: Seth (Green) is a good friend of ours. We've known him through the years, being that we are all around the same age and have grown up in the same industry. You just befriend people. Seth started this project, and I know he'd done a couple of skits using puppets looking like us. Or at least I know he had one of myself. I don't know if he had ones of Corey or not. You know, he's had a lot of celebrity voices come on and do stuff. So he pitched it to us, and I told him that I'd love to help him out, and that I would do anything that I could do. As long as its funny, that's all that really matters. And I think the show is quite funny. And he is good at what he does. That was the decision, and he said, "All right, lets do it." And that was before we ever agreed to do this show, actually. That was kind of the predecessor.
I thought that the plotline was so great. You guys should really take that and make it a feature film. Would that ever be something you'd be interested in doing?
Corey Feldman: Its funny that you should say that, because Seth and I have kind of thrown around the idea of doing a TV series out of that. It would be an animated series about Corey and Corey's great adventures. We'd be going out and saving the world. As opposed to having it be a dream sequence, we would actually have the secret headquarters, and the Corey van, and the Corey jet, and the Corey copter. All that kind of stuff. It is a funny idea. You never know. Maybe it will happen one day.
You were talking about directing a film with Corey Haim that you had to fire him from. Was that film Busted?
Corey Feldman: Yes.
Is that the only film you have directed?
Corey Feldman: Yes. Well, as an honest director, where I was credited as the director. Which, I wish I hadn't of been credited as a director on that one. The film that I shot was entirely different than the film that ended up on the screen. I was trying to do something that was of a little bit higher aspect, I guess you would say, then what actually ended up on film. I went in there to take this small company and raise them to the level of doing mainstream films. We were trying to do something like Airplane!, or The Naked Gun, something on that level. By virtue of the producers not wanting to raise the bar, they diverted it back to something that we were trying to make fun of. The intent of the film was to do a parody that made fun of B movies, using as many stereotypes as possible. That's why we had Todd Bridges and Ron Jeremy, and Julia Strain, and all of these people that were the B movie kings of the time. And we were trying to parody what everyone else was doing and taking so seriously. The producers just didn't get it, so they ended up throwing in all kinds of stock footage of T&A, and they took out all of the witty and clever jokes. So, the movie was pretty much dismantled and turned into something I wasn't very proud of. But that said, the last film I did, which was The Birthday, I didn't take credit for. The director would credit me as a co-director, though, because I really helped a lot with rewriting the script and working with the actors. Which I do a lot of anyway. Being in the business for thirty years, you just kind of fall into that mold. You see people going in the wrong direction, and you want to guide them back. Making a film is a family project. It is a group effort. Everybody has to work together to make it the best they can. I don't really need to take credit for those things, its just to make sure we are all on the same page and that we are all putting out the best possible project.
Do you have any directorial projects coming up in the future?
Corey Feldman: There was a film that I was supposed to direct, that I was also executive producing. I was going to be in it as well. It was called The Straight Man. We were in preproduction for eight months, trying to find financing. Seth Green was actually going to be in the film. Sean Astin, Scott Baio, a bunch of people had jumped on board. We were ready to go, but while I was in preproduction for that, we were pitching the Coreys show, so it was which ever one got financed first was the one we were going to move forward with. Of course, it ended up being the show about the Coreys. So I had to step aside from The Straight Man. As far as I know, the project hasn't been set up anywhere else. So, it may be something I return to once this is all done.
I have one final question for you. How is Kinky Finkelstein, and will he be making any appearances in the near future?
Corey Feldman: I have no idea who that is.
You don't know him?
Corey Feldman: No.
I thought you guys were good friends?
Corey Feldman: No, no, there's a great misconception about that. I think that is something Troma created. That goes back to the Tromaworld.
Oh, I'm sorry. So, how many episodes of The Two Coreys can we expect to see?
Corey Feldman: I believe there are nine.
Do you think you guys will be back for a second season?
Corey Feldman: We'll see if the ratings and the viewership want it. It's something that we are both open to, but we are just trying to do something that we hope people enjoy. We want it to be a great entertainment. Its not rocket science. Its not going to be the best sitcom ever created. And its not going to be the biggest show ever created.
I think it's the best show ever created.
Corey Feldman: We want people to tune in and enjoy it. I think they will be pleased with what they see. If they are, we'll come back and do some more.
Great. Well, it was awesome getting to talk to you today.
Corey Feldman: Thanks. I appreciate it.
I appreciate you taking the time.
Corey Feldman: No problem. Hopefully, you let me know more about those dolls. And if you talk to Quentin, tell him to hook me up.
I will send your webpage a link to the action figures. I will do that later today.
Corey Feldman: That would be awesome. Thanks man.
The Two Coreys premieres July 29th at 10pm EST on A&E.
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