I’d interviewed the Coreys each once before: Feldman in 2003, when he launched an online petition for a Goonies sequel, and Haim in 2005, when License to Drive earned its rightful Special Edition DVD release. Frankly, I’d given up the hope of ever getting them on the line together — a thought that still made my inner 13-year-old squeal — until they announced The Two Coreys, their eight-episode A&E semi-reality series (premiering July 29 at 10 p.m.).
Twenty years after they met on The Lost Boys, Haim and Feldman, both 35, found their way back to each other for three months of filming in a rented house in Vancouver. The pitch: Single Haim (an earnest man-child who’s got himself together now, thank you), moves in with Feldman and his wife, Susie, in an effort to further stabilize his life and jumpstart his comeback. The Feldmans also have a 2-year-old son, Zen, who you won’t be seeing on the show. ”There’s no need to throw him into all the madness,” dad Feldman says. ”He has the right to live his own life and, hopefully, one day become a doctor or a lawyer or something worthwhile.” Wait, have the Feldog and Haimster grown up? Let’s find out.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Feel free to go back and forth amongst yourselves as much as possible.
COREY HAIM: You can’t stop us if you tried. [Makes a raspberry noise]
COREY FELDMAN: It’s like a train that keeps rolling all night long.
Excellent. What were you surprised to learn about each other through the course of filming? Was there anything left for you to learn about each other?
HAIM: I learned that Corey can actually act. [Both laugh] I’m just kidding.
FELDMAN: Self-realization is great.
HAIM: Shut up.
FELDMAN: You know, there is something to be said for that, actually. One of the nights we had off while filming, Corey watched this film that I had just finished, The Birthday, and he really enjoyed it.
HAIM: I know what you’re saying, kid. For the first time in my life, I didn’t see my partner, my oldest, bestest friend up there. I didn’t see the Feldog. I saw a guy named Norman, somebody I didn’t know. It actually freaked me out. I had to pause it and leave the room.
HAIM: Really. When I came back in the room, the look on Corey’s face, he was so proud of himself. It was one of the coolest moments I’ve ever had with him.
FELDMAN: It was just one of those eye-opening experiences of, Wow, we both have grown. We both can appreciate each other for who we are today, as opposed to holding past baggage. Corey has grown to the point of being able to appreciate something that I did outside of what we did.
HAIM: That’s my favorite piece you’ve ever done besides, obviously, Stand By Me and Dream a Little Dream.
FELDMAN: Well, Dream a Little Dream was a good one. [To Haim] You were amazing in Dream a Little Dream. That was some of your best improvisational acting. Your best performance was in Blown Away. You were so good in that.
HAIM: Thanks, man. You, too. We worked so hard on that, kid. Remember, you really hit me? We were so into our characters that you really hit me by accident.
FELDMAN: That was an accident.
HAIM: You tripped over the rug and hit me. Yeah, man, that was weird. But I thought that was one of our best performance movies together ever.
FELDMAN: And it all went downhill from there, yeah.
HAIM: Pretty much, yeah. Sloped on down like a waterslide with oil. [Both laugh]
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