With apologies to Corey “I wear my sunglasses at night” Hart, only two Coreys really mattered in the ’80s: Corey Feldman and Corey Haim. Beginning in 1987, having already established some serious child-actor credentials independently of one another in films such as Lucas, Stand by Me and The Goonies, the Haimster and Feldog forged a union that generated the teen flicks The Lost Boys, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream, and rendered their last names unnecessary. There was a time when the Coreys were everywhere. That time has passed. Now, an A&E comedy series called The Two Coreys, premiering July 29, paints a picture of what their lives might be (but really aren’t) like today. We asked Corey Feldman some questions about the series and the whole Coreys phenomenon.
“The Two Coreys” presents a fictionalized version of your life. Is there any concern that people might mistake this for an actual reality show?
Corey Feldman: We want people to get the feeling that they are getting a personal glimpse into our personalities and our emotions. The show is a beast of its own but, whatever it’s ultimately categorized as, the show will definitely be entertaining.
What are some of the ways in which the show differs from your real life?
Well in real life my wife, Susie, and I have a 2-and-a-half-year-old child named Zen, and we live in Los Angeles, not Vancouver, and all of my time is not spent hanging out with Haim. I am very busy playing Dad and taking care of my business life. Susie is Mom. But aside from that, the rest is pretty much grounded in reality.
It’s been a while since the two of you have worked together. How have things gone so far?
Fun, funny, crazy, stressful, rewarding, and for the end result … you’ll have to watch the show.
How do Susie and the other Corey get along?
Like brother and sister, in a dysfunctional family.
How has your relationship with Corey changed throughout the years?
We’ve both grown up a bit, but in some ways, like our sense of humor, we are very much the same. In others we’ve grown in dramatically opposite directions.
What are your expectations for this series?
I don’t expect anything out of anything in life. Expectations lead to disappointments. We have been working on developing this show for years and I just hope people enjoy it.
During the mid to late ’80s, the “Coreys” became kind of a phenomenon. What do you remember most about those days?
Not much. … I was never a big fan of the ’80s. I’m a ’60s child who grew up in the wrong generation. But we had some good times, and did some good work here and there. But I am much happier currently in all aspects.
When or where did things start to go wrong?
Things never go wrong — they may just be more difficult from time to time.
What advice would you have for the young stars of today, such as Lindsay Lohan, based on your experiences at their age?
I try not to butt into other people’s business. Everybody wants to be loved and appreciated, and we all just need to focus on positive energy and positive things.
You and Corey both had successful careers before working with one another. How differently do you think things would have turned out if the two of you hadn’t been cast together in “The Lost Boys”?
I’d be a bellhop and he’d be a night nurse. Who knows if or how, I believe things happen as they are supposed to. We all just try to do our best to make the right choices.
What’s the typical reaction you get when somebody recognizes you on the street?
Shock followed by nausea. In some cases vomiting may occur.
Hollywood loves a good comeback story, like John Travolta, for example. Do you think that sort of thing could happen with the Coreys?
This show is just for fun. I am very busy doing films, and my animated show [Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! on TOON Disney], and still trying to finish my album. Not to mention my charity work and political involvements and most importantly finding time for my family.
If you could plan the ultimate Coreys comeback vehicle — putting aside any possible constraints or restrictions — what would that project be?
No plans currently.
The Beatles had “the cute one,” “the quiet one,” “the smart one,” etc. How would you describe the two of you in relation to one another?
He’s the wife and I’m the mum.
Settle this once and for all — Corey vs. Corey in a battle to the death. Who wins?