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]
NEXT PAGE: ”I think we should have Corey Haim reprise the role of Al Pacino in Scarface.”
What would you like to see each other do next professionally?
FELDMAN: I would love to see Corey find the greatest stretch, the hardest character, the most removed element from him and do it. I would be a huge fan of that work. I would just love to see anything that didn’t represent him as Corey Haim, because I’ve seen enough of that. [Laughs]
HAIM: I’ve seen this kid do anything and everything, but I was thinking maybe he would take over and do a sequel to Lucas, called Pukas, and he’d be a drunk.
FELDMAN: That’s a good idea. [Laughs] This is why he’s the idea man.
HAIM: I don’t know. Now, I could see Corey playing like an undercover C.I.A. operative like off the Tom Clancy books. I could see Corey doing a very, very, very, major, major, major big movie kinda like a 24 but not 24 — very intense, very dramatic.
FELDMAN: I think we should have Corey Haim reprise the role of Al Pacino in Scarface.
HAIM: [In accent] Are you talkin’ to me, man? Hey, how ’bout I go back outside and come back in? How ’bout that, okay?
FELDMAN: You see what I’m saying.
I see what you’re saying.
HAIM: What you talking about man? Say hello to my little friend! Say HELLO to my little friend!
FELDMAN: And he’s talking about his male anatomy at that point, but, uh, it makes it different.
HAIM: Not so little, yeah. I’ve gotta wrap ’em five times, yeah. A little wrap tuck, yeah. [Both laugh]
FELDMAN: You know what they say about those Jews.
HAIM: Oh god, come on, kid. You’re Jewish, too.
FELDMAN: I know.
HAIM: What a dick. You realize you just bagged on yourself.
FELDMAN: No, it’s a compliment. It’s a compliment. I’m talking about girth. Anyway… [Both laugh]
We can come back to the penis jokes. Let’s move on.
FELDMAN: We’re gonna take this seriously from this point on.
Haim, you’ve said this reality show is your best work to date. In what way?
HAIM: I really feel like I’m absorbing a lot more than I ever have. I really feel like I’m taking life more seriously than I ever have, hence the three months of filming, and A&E, our second chance, not showing up late, and hearing that the editors are not sick of looking at our faces and they’re pausing it and cracking up at us all the time. It’s a nice thing because I think work is a very, very, very tricky thing [for me], and I know I’ve passed the point of being Corey the Bad Kid to being Corey the Responsible Man to the best I can. So I think this is my best work because it’s very honest. I’m also saying this because I lost a heck of a lot of weight, too, so I feel this is the best I’ve looked physically in a long time. I lost over 140 pounds in 10 months. Basically, I think it was the most I’ve ever been in control of myself.
FELDMAN: He was very present.
HAIM: Exactly, thank you, kid. I was searching for that one word. I was very, very present with myself in real life, and it’s a reality show, so all they did, I guess, was push record.
FELDMAN: It’s not a typical reality show, for the record. A lot of it is very suggested and set up, but the emotions that are conveyed in a lot of it are very real.
Explain that. So it’s like someone says, ”Hey, you guys should go do this,” and then once you’re in the situation, it’s you being you?
FELDMAN: Exactly. You can call it improvisational comedy, you can call it a lot of things. Without drawing a map for you telling you what was real and what wasn’t—
HAIM: Say nothing, man.
FELDMAN: There’s an episode when Haim goes to the doctor. At that moment, he was really feeling the things that he felt. I asked him off camera, ”Is this something that you want to show the world?”
HAIM: It was my choice. I had these palpitations, like panic attacks from the abuse I’ve put my body through. When he felt one of them from the beginning to end, he cut the cameras, pulled me aside, ripped my mike off, and said, ”Dude, I need you just to breathe right now.” Then he said, ”Do you want to help other people and maybe show the side effects or after effects of what we did when we were kids, man?” I didn’t even think about that because I was in so much weird pain. It’s not life-threatening, it just doesn’t feel very good. I thought it was a brilliant idea, so I did it.
FELDMAN: He let them film an EKG, and all kinds of stuff that was pretty personal. When you’re talking about a typical reality show, it’s supposed to be understood that everything’s real, but that said, most of it isn’t. And in a situation like this, I think that we gave something that’s a lot more real than what you’re gonna find on 98 percent of shows.
NEXT PAGE: ”I think it’s completely natural for kids to make mistakes and learn lessons from those mistakes. But for people to sit there and dissect it and talk shit and parade other people’s problems around, I think that‘s the sickness.”
Do you have a say in the editing of your reality show?
HAIM: We have a say in everything.
FELDMAN: We’re [executive producers] on the show, so we have a lot of creative input. Obviously, at the end of the day, the network makes all the final calls.
HAIM: If there’s something I hate, I’ll say something.
FELDMAN: As an entertainer, a comedy guy, whatever, you’re never gonna be truly 100 percent happy with anything. But in the aspect of trying to blend the worlds of reality and non-reality and do a show that’s entertaining, that you think people will enjoy, we’re really pleased with the outcome.
What other great moments can we look forward to?
FELDMAN: The smoking episode is a lot of fun.
HAIM: We get to see Corey’s band [The Truth Movement] perform.
FELDMAN: Corey’s whole Lost Boys moment — that to me is one of the most moving things every put on television.
HAIM: Ix-nay on the Lost Boys-ay.
That’s the episode I was sent. I wanted to ask about that moment [in which Feldman has to tell Haim that Warner Bros. is doing a straight-to-DVD Lost Boys sequel — and that he won’t be in it].
HAIM: I’m sorry, you saw me crying. I don’t mean to be like a wussy. It was one of my favorite times in life….
FELDMAN: One of the things that makes that episode great is you get to see the honest friendship and raw emotion between us. And again, that blurred line between non-reality and reality becomes even more blurred because that moment is so real.
HAIM: Girl, they’re gonna think I’m such a wussy. God.
FELDMAN: They all love a softy, come on.
You just care about something deeply.
HAIM: I love The Lost Boys more than any movie I’ve ever done, and it hooked me up with my brother who we’re talkin’ to right now. It was a pivotal, pivotal point in my life, so it caught me very, very, very off guard to hear that after doing 20 years of signings and appearances for Lost Boys, it will not be reproduced with the same people. It hurts, and as you saw, Corey didn’t want to hurt me and so he didn’t know how to actually tell me. He was man enough to go, ”Hey, sit down, man.” So, thanks, kid.
FELDMAN: Well, you’re welcome. Thanks for taking it like a man.
HAIM: No problem, man. Please, next time use K-Y.
FELDMAN: We’ve been known to periodically take it up the a– throughout our careers, and well, what better evidence of that than Episode 2. It’s all for the better good. We’ve grown, and we’ve learned, and it’s all a process, as it is for everybody.
What would you say to people like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, who are still learning? What would your lives have been like 15 or 20 years ago if you had to worry about more than Teen Beat digging up dirt?
FELDMAN: Corey and I have been the brunt of many a joke and many a slam, and if we didn’t have rhino skin we wouldn’t be alive today due to all of the terrible things that people have said about us through the years. Teen magazines we’re always pretty even-handed because they didn’t want to slam the people they were promoting. It was more the People magazine, the Star magazine. I think Entertainment Weekly has been responsible for a few—
HAIM: Billion. [Both laugh] As far as drugs and stuff, I have no comment.
FELDMAN: People ask us all the time, what would you say to these kids, and what I say is: I think it’s completely natural for kids to make mistakes and learn lessons from those mistakes. But for people to sit there and dissect it and talk s— and parade other people’s problems around, I think that’s the sickness. If anything needs to get fixed in society, it’s people’s consumption of other people’s problems. We’re all made to make mistakes, nobody’s perfect.
HAIM: I’ve been perfect all of my life. [Both laugh]
FELDMAN: Besides Corey Haim.
NEXT PAGE: ”I’ll just say this: I’ve got two paintings from Mr. Haim in my home. Which I display.”
Are you interested in doing another movie together?
HAIM: I think that’s something we’re just gonna take day by day.
FELDMAN: Exactly. We get offers constantly, but it’s gotta be the right thing.
HAIM: We’d want it to be something very special. It’s been a very long time.
FELDMAN: We wouldn’t be doing National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon Part II or Last Resort Part II, he meant to say. Our decision-making process has changed quite a bit from when we were kids. We used to do stuff just to keep the career going, just to make money, and nowadays, I think we look at things a bit more artistically. It’s gotta be quality and it’s gotta be something that we feel is worthy of putting the Two Coreys stamp on, if you will.
HAIM: Now that we’ve been together for a good off-and-on 20 years….
FELDMAN: He’s making it sound like we’re married.
HAIM: You don’t have any ring on your finger from me. Oh wait, you do have a ring on your finger from me.
FELDMAN: I actually do, that’s kind of wrong.
HAIM: I got Corey and me matching Tiffany rings for Hanukkah, for Christmas, for our show, for life, for everything. I got us like matching actor-buddy rings.
Are you wearing them right now?
FELDMAN: Corey lost his.
HAIM: Mine’s in Toronto, and it’s somewhere under my bed. I hope.
FELDMAN: I’m a little emotionally scarred by the whole thing.
HAIM: Sorry, bro. Maybe I’ll buy one this week. I don’t know if Corey’s wearing his or not.
FELDMAN: Yeah, I actually have it on right now.
HAIM: It’s the 1837 925 series. It’s not about the price. It’s for us.
Has your friendship changed now that you’ve stopped filming?
HAIM: We’ll be best brothers for ever and ever, and past the grave. If I don’t see Corey for 10 years, it’s like not a second has gone by…. I’m happy he’s settled down and has a beautiful child and he’s happily married. I just love him.
FELDMAN: And I love Corey regardless of what life choices he makes and what direction his life goes. Whatever he does, as long as he’s happy. And as long as he’s….
FELDMAN: And proud of himself and what he’s doing.
HAIM: I appreciate that, kid. If you were like the Burger King manager of the month, do you think it would matter to me?
FELDMAN: As long as I make your fries properly.
HAIM: SHUT UP!
FELDMAN: ”Would you like some extra ketchup with that, Mr. Haim?”
HAIM: ”Thank you. Damn! Thank you. Yes, I would. What’s up homey?”
FELDMAN: ”Would you like to try our chocolate shake today?”
HAIM: ”Yes, I would. Damn, ’bout time you asked.” See, I would definitely be nice to him.
I was on Haim’s website and saw that he does have a second career: Painting. Do we see any Corey Haim artwork on the show? (You can commission a piece for $788.)
HAIM: You do.
FELDMAN: I’ll just say this: I’ve got two paintings from Mr. Haim in my home. which I display.
HAIM: He actually does, they’re up.
FELDMAN: One of them was from many years ago, when he was in a darker place. And it’s interesting because that one’s in darker colors, whereas the one that he did on the show is a bit brighter in nature. So it’s interesting, the artist’s perspective on that.
HAIM: You know what, man, I hadn’t even thought about that, dude. That’s a great point. The one I did for Core [before], was something I was calling anger art, taking the brush and just whipping the paint. Red and black colors. This [recent] one, it’s colorful. It just shows when you’re different in your head, how things work. I get what you’re saying, kid, that’s very smart.
FELDMAN: It’s just an observation.
HAIM: It’s a good observation.