The iconic actor catches us up on all of his latest endeavors
"What comes first? Friendship or Fame?"
The gloves are off and the first are out in The Two Coreys second season premiere, which airs on A&E this Sunday, June 22nd, at 10 pm. When last we saw Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, lifelong friends and celebrated acting partners, they'd almost come to blows in the Feldman household's kitchen. From there, they parted ways and haven't seen each other since. Now, nearly a year later, the two friends will attempt to make amends and get their friendship back on track.
In episode 10 of the series, entitled "Showdown", Haim returns to Los Angeles to repair his broken relationship with Feldman. Sadly, Feldman is quite content with his career and family life, and seems fit to live the rest of his days without ever having to talk to Haim again. It is Feldman's wife Susie and his manager Scott Carlson that persuade Corey to give his estranged friend another shot at making things right.
Will these two soul mates clear the table of their grievances with each other? Or will they come to heated blows and dissolve the partnership for good? Throughout the second season of The Two Coreys, these two iconic celebrities will go toe to toe in a battle royal that may or may not see them working together again in the future! Which team are you on? Team Feldman? Or Team Haim?
It is hard for us to choose sides in this matter, as we have been lifelong fans of both the Coreys and enjoy their collective works with equal measure. But we must choose Team Feldman, as Corey has always been a consummate professional with us, and nothing but the nicest guy to deal with. It is always a pleasure to chat with him about his current projects and his latest endeavors. We recently caught up with Feldman for two separate interviews (one for The Two Coreys second season premier, and one for The Lost Boys: The Tribe) and it was a blast getting to converse with one of our all time favorite actors. Here is our conversation:
Are you in town?
Corey Feldman: Kind of. I'm in my hole.
It's so hot in Los Angeles today.
Corey Feldman: That's why I'm glad I'm in my hole. My hole tends to be a cave. Which happens to have recording equipment in it. I don't see much light of day these days. I know it's been a beautiful summer, but I haven't been out to my pool much. We are working away on this album, and it's quite a challenge.
That's Technology Analogy, right?
Corey Feldman: Correct. It's good to see that you've done your research.
How is that coming along? It seems like you've been putting this album together rather quickly.
Corey Feldman: I suppose. It is a process. I have been writing for three or four months now. That is when I started the original concept, and came up with the lyrics and design of the album. Basically about six months ago, I hired Storm Thorgerson, Pink Floyd's artist, to create some concepts based on the ideas that I was feeding him. We've been working on bits of the album for a while. The actual recording has been going on for three months. Then I had to take a month off to go shoot this film Lucky Fritz over in Berlin. Literally, straight away, when I got back, we moved back into the recording studio. Last week was nuts, because we had Jon Carin, from Pink Floyd, here. He did an amazing job. He completely lent his talents to the project. We also had the amazing Scotty Page, who used to play sax for Pink Floyd. They were both in here last week, and it was quite busy. This week we are trying to move things along very quickly. We want to finish things up so that we can meet our deadline. We have to have this all finished by the end of the month. Of course, with the premiere of the show this Sunday, and the movie (The Lost Boys: The Tribe) coming out in little over a month, it is a bit nutty in my part of the woods.
You are certainly a busy guy. I read that Technology Analogy has to do with the pros and cons of technology, and it deals with the Internet. Is that right?
Corey Feldman: Yes. Essentially it tells a story. It is a concept album. It is like a rock opera from the 60s or 70s. It is along the lines of what Pink Floyd and The Who? have done. It is a complete story, with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It starts off with a piece called "In the Beginning". It takes you through life's existence. It goes from Dinosaurs, to early man, to biblical times. It explains where technology might have first been introduced to us as a race. And it shows what we have done with that knowledge. It shows the ins and outs of all that. So, we explore all sorts of different territories. Where does God fit into all of this? And is he happy about it? It deals with Universal symbolism. There is an eight or nine minute piece in the middle of the album called "Okay". It is about the universal code of "okay". Everybody knows it. In every country you are in, everybody knows the symbol for "okay". It is this interesting dynamic of a false sense of stability. Everybody has to feel like they are okay. Which is an interesting place to be. It is better than being bad, but not as good as being safe. It is a decent place to be. (Laughs) There are all sorts of different ideas. That is why it is called Technology Analogy. Because it analyzes every side of it. The heart of it rests on technology. What it is, what we've done with it, and how it was derived. Starting off with a passage from the old testament. Ezekiel Chapter One. Which is essentially called Ezekiel's Wheels, and it is about Ezekiel having possible interaction with Aliens. There is a theory that all of our technology has been handed down from an Alien race. Which coincidently coincides with the new Indiana Jones movie. I didn't even know about this until I had written most of the album. I was in Berlin, German, and we'd already recorded this. I went to see Indiana Jones on its opening night, and I had no idea what the storyline was. I was like, "Oh, my God! This is just like my new album."
Are you going to be doing any sort of music video for Technology Analogy?
Corey Feldman: Certainly. Going along with the Pink Floyd theme, excitingly, I have talked with Marc Brickman, who is Pink Floyd's lighting designer, and he said he'd be more than willing to join us on the road when we get ready to tour with this thing. He has done some amazing things over the years, starting with The Wall to Pulse. He has done all of their visuals. Having someone like him onboard would be an amazing coupe. This is a very exciting audio/visual experience. It is a theater of the mind, if you will. When you listen to the album, it is almost like listening to a film through your stereo. You have to close your eyes, and you listen to it. You can see this whole world. If you are going to approach that from a live standpoint, you have to make it quite the spectacle just to match what people have envisioned in their own minds. You have to live up to that standard, and then even raise the bar to some extent.
Now, I want to switch gears a little bit and talk about The Two Coreys. It looks like you guys are kicking off the season with some pretty heavy stuff. Were you emotionally drained after you were finished filming this second season?
Corey Feldman: (Laughs) I guess whatever angst or tension I had built up I am releasing now through the music. (Laughs) As intense and crazy as the season is, the pressure cooker tension releaser comes through the music, I suppose. So it is a good outlet for me. Yes. It was a very intense season. In many regards. First and foremost was the fact that you will find this to be the most candid, honest, raw emotion that you have ever seen two celebrity-type people go through on television. Usually, these things are so scripted, and so set-up, and so formatted, that you don't get much realness. That is something we have grown accustomed too. Reality television is not reality. It is this conception of reality that these producers have masterminded. In our world, and what you are about to experience when you see The Two Coreys this time around, is completely the opposite of that. You take what we had last season, which was a scripted sitcom going for comedic beats, and every thing was written and planned out, and completely spin that around three hundred and sixty degrees, until it falls on its face, and looks nothing like what we had last year. This time, you are seeing the opposite side of it. It is completely raw, completely honest. There is nothing set-up. Nothing is staged. There are a few tiny bits, such as when we go to a therapist. Obviously, we had to contact a therapist that was willing to be seen on television. And we had to get lights in their office. Things like that. But from there, what you see happen is actually as it happened.
With the season wrapped and about to air, where does your relationship with Haim stand now?
Corey Feldman: We are not in a good place. That is for sure. But we are not at war. We are in a neutral zone. I think you will see how that plays out throughout the series. Essentially, we are two guys that lead two completely different lives. And we have very different paths. I have a family, I am a businessman, and I am very involved in politics, and the environment, and animal rights. All of these bigger ideas. Worldly ideas. I don't take fame as the end all, be all. That's not what I'm in this game for. For me, it's more about what I can achieve through what I do. And how I can lend my voice to certain areas. It's these things that I have been afforded to do. Where as with Corey, he is very self-indulgent and really all about being in it for the game and the fame. That sort of thing. We come at it from two very different perspectives. He is a single guy. He has just moved back to Los Angeles. He is still battling his demons. And he is still where I left him twenty some years ago. More than anything, this season explains why we can't be close. Because when people grow that far apart, and that extensively, it is kind of hard to put yourself back in the bubble you were in when you were fifteen or sixteen years old. Of course, people always ask, "When are you going to do another film together?" Or, "Why haven't you done another film together?" At the end of the day, you get to experience the two of us when we are on a set together. When we do The Lost Boys: The Tribe, the cameras are there with us. You see us together. You see the dynamic, and you see it blow up. It will give you a much better understanding of why we can't carry this endeavor on any further.
Yeah. I saw a couple of clips, and Haim didn't seem very cooperative during the filming of The Lost Boys 2.
Corey Feldman: Well, that is one way of putting. Essentially, by the end of the season, you will see how it all plays out. I have drawn a line in the sand. I have said, "Get your personal business together, and we can talk about a future. Or, not. But if you don't get it together, there is no reason to continue this mockery of a friendship. For me, my whole life and my whole existence is not hanging on celebrity or trying to be cool. It is much more about being a family man. It is about being a productive and positive person, and doing good things." If he is on par to be a part of that plan, then great. It would be great to do some wonderful things together. But if he is not able to do that, all it does is bring me back somewhere I don't want to be.
Do you think there is any room for a third season? Do you think you'd be emotionally available for that?
Corey Feldman: I think it would be very hard pressed. I will never say absolutely not. That it could never happen. But it is not in the cards at the moment. If it were to happen, it would have to be by the stroke of a miracle. Corey would have to make a really huge, concerted effort to get into a different mind space than he is in currently.
Have you seen the Street Fighter type game that A&E currently has on their website? Where you and Haim are pitted against one another?
Corey Feldman: Yeah, yeah. I helped them with that a bit. I think it is great. I think it is really funny, and I have been playing it a bit. I was playing it late last night when I got back from the studio.
Now, I saw on your blog that your wife, Susie, is going to be appearing in Playboy.
Corey Feldman: Yes. This is true.
Does that give you carte blanche to appear in Playgirl?
Corey Feldman: Oh, that is funny. Yes, of course! It will be out at the end of the summer....No, no, no. I don't think that one is quite for me. The thing is, we both see the same perspective on that. We see the naked human body as a beautiful, natural thing. Part of our decision on doing that was the fact that Hef has been a friend of mine for years. He was at our wedding. It was a bit family oriented, since we have spent a lot of time up at the mansion, and things like that. It seemed like a natural thing to do. When we agreed to do it, we felt that if it was going to be about the art, it shouldn't be about the business. We did it for no fee, no money, we just really did it because we wanted to do something beautiful. Something artistic. We wanted to do it with Hef, and that was it. I am proud of Susie, and a bit nervous about the whole thing. I can't wait for it to come out. As far as me doing something for Playgirl? I actually did do something with them once. It was maybe ten years ago. I didn't take my clothes off, though.
Now, while you were in Berlin, shooting the comedy, was Susie able to stay with you?
Corey Feldman: Yes. As a matter of fact, I had my son and my wife with me. And the nanny. We had a great little apartment in Berlin, and it was quite lovely. Susie also has a small part in the film.
Oh, wow! Now, you were born in Los Angeles. Have you always lived in this part of the country?
Corey Feldman: Yeah, pretty much. I was born and raised in Los Angeles. Aside from going off to do various projects throughout the years, this has always been my home base.
Did heading off to Germany allow you to feel free from some of the pressure of being in Los Angeles?
Corey Feldman: It's interesting. After finishing the second season, we were pretty tightly wound at that point. Immediately, I booked a month of vacation time. We went to the Bahamas, where we took our son to see Atlantis, which was great. We spent a great amount of time there, and it was great. Then we went to Jamaica, just Susie and I. We had an adult-parent vacation. Then I came home and started working on the album. In the middle of the album, we got called off to Berlin. Which is kind of a crazy thing to do. Just run off to Germany and do a movie in the middle of your album. But the script was really funny and cute. They seemed like really nice people. And they were very inspired to do a great little film. They showed me some of the other stuff they'd been working on, and that seemed to turn out quite nicely. Their formula is to bring one American actor out to Germany, and everyone else is a European actor. They build a base around the American actor. I have seen a couple of the films they have done. I saw one with Bill Zane and one with Steve Guttenberg. I thought, okay. They have a good chemistry to what they are doing. They know how to do it quickly, and they know how to do it well. Why not go over and escape, as you say, for a bit. And it was a nice break. It broke up the monotony. But when I got back, everything was much more impending upon my return.
One last question: Is there going to be a Lost Boys 3?
Corey Feldman: Ah, let me say this. I want to very much thank Movieweb for all of the support you guys have had throughout the years. I have been paying attention, and I know you guys have been tremendous supporters, and that every time I pretty much write something on my blog, you guys get it out there.
We love you. And we can't wait to get to Comic-con to see The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe.
Corey Feldman: Well, thank you. And I really, really appreciate the support. So I just wanted to say that first and foremost. When it comes to Lost Boys 3, there is obviously talk. There is obviously speculation. It has been part of the master plan, and that goes back to releasing the upcoming comic book series. That series will fill in the gaps between the first and second film. I think it all sets the stage for the third one. And there have been many discussions about what that film might be. At this point, there has been no firm decision. I think it is really a wait and see decision at this point. We have to see how people respond to the second film, and how well it does. All those sorts of things. Even if they do make it, there is no ultimate decision as to whether I will be a part of it. I guess all of that has yet to be seen.
Okay, well, we'll see you at Comic-con!
Corey Feldman: Absolutely. Have a great day.
The second season premiere of The Two Coreys debuts this Sunday, June 22nd, 2008, only on A&E. Check your local listings for more details. And stay tuned for more with Feldman as we discuss The Lost Boys 2: The Tribe.