Lost Boys: The History of Corey Feldman and Corey Haim’s Friendship, From Teen Stardom to Tragedy

Corey Haim, Corey Feldman

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In 1989, Corey Feldman and Corey Haim had been barely 18 and on high of the world.

Youngster actors made good, they’d starred in fast succession in three teen classics—the field workplace hit The Misplaced Boys, License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream—that meant every thing should you had been wherever close to highschool age on the time. And so they had one another, the 2 Coreys by one another’s facet as they navigated the wild world of Hollywood.

A world that is by no means wilder than if you’re a younger heartthrob, awash in fame, consideration, cash and seemingly limitless potentialities.

Feldman was a Los Angeles native who bought his first performing credit score at eight as “Boy at Museum” within the 1979 sci-fi drama Time After Time. He voiced pet Copper in Disney’s The Fox and the Hound when he was 10 and loved breakout roles in The Goonies and Stand by Me. He credited mates Steven Spielberg and Michael Jackson with influencing his resolution to turn into a vegetarian, and he was an enormous Taco Bell fan.

Haim, who hailed from Ontario, Canada, had auditioned for the function in Goonies that went to Feldman, however as an alternative he scored the title function as a delicate, sensible, bullied teen in 1986’s Lucas, that includes Winona Ryder in her first movie function because the quirky lady who has a crush on him. In a 1989 interview, Haim described his excellent date evening—take a particular woman to Dan Tana’s (nonetheless an old-school favourite frequented by the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio) for Italian meals, then go see Rain Man, the film everybody was speaking about on the time, and “thank her for a pleasant night and drop her off at dwelling.”

Requested about upcoming Valentine’s Day plans, he mentioned he was in all probability going to take his mother out.

Haim and Feldman turned inseparable whereas making the 1987 vampire thriller The Misplaced Boys

“I believe the perfect factor [about that shoot] was retaining one another’s sanity, in a manner, by laughing so much,” Feldman mentioned throughout a Larry King Stay sit-down alongside Haim in 2007. “Sure, we hold one another laughing and that is the essential factor in life, I believe, to at all times be capable to giggle.”

Feldman cracked, “After which I have been caught with him the remainder of my life.”

Requested what made them so successful as a pair, Haim mused, “In addition to the title, clearly, which is a really double-bubble sort subject…we simply clicked, chemistry for ourselves. And other people, I suppose, get wind of it. Like, ‘wow, these two have one thing off digital camera, however on digital camera it is…’ They know what they’re—we will full one another’s sentences.”

“I’ve labored with lots of nice individuals via the years,” added Feldman. “And with Corey, you realize, you set us in entrance of a digital camera and inform us to go and it simply occurs. And there is actually no explaining that, you realize?”

After The Misplaced Boys, which co-starred Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric, it was on to License to Drive, with Heather Graham and Carol Kane, after which Dream a Little Dream, with Harry Dean Stanton, Jason Robards and Piper Laurie.

The get together raged on because the ’80s changed into the ’90s, however the big-time work did not observe. The Coreys began to be recognized for tongue-in-cheek cameos and C-movies, together with a direct-to-video sequel to Dream a Little Dream. They caught collectively for so long as they might, however life and the fickle nature of Hollywood drove a wedge via their friendship.

“We made an announcement on CNN, really, the place we mentioned, you realize, we felt that everyone was beginning to get us confused,” Feldman instructed King. “You recognize, individuals had been calling me Corey Haim, they had been calling him Feldman, they had been mixing the 2 names collectively and it turned Feldschmeister.”

“After which after we took a break, we each fell into our arduous instances.”

Their high-profile struggles unwittingly made them poster boys for troubled former stars. 

“Once I initially had my issues, and when Corey had his issues and all that kind of factor, we had been on the tip of the iceberg, you did not actually see child stars getting busted at that time,” Feldman instructed ABC Information 10 years in the past when each he and Haim had been requested to touch upon the spate of hassle Lindsay Lohan was stepping into on the time. “It began snowballing after that.”

However their troubles did not begin as soon as they parted methods—moderately, they had been each already utilizing medicine as a unit, Feldman calling License to Drive a spot to “watch some drug abuse in motion.” 

“I used to be engaged on The Misplaced Boys after I smoked my first joint,” Haim recalled to The Solar in 1994. “However a yr earlier than that, I used to be beginning to drink beer on the set of Lucas. I lived in Los Angeles within the ’80s, which was not the perfect place to be. I did cocaine for a couple of yr and a half, then it led to crack. I began on the downers which had been a hell of so much higher than the uppers as a result of I used to be a nervous wreck. However one led to 2, two led to 4, 4 led to eight, till on the finish it was about 85 a day—the docs couldn’t imagine I used to be taking that a lot. And that was simply the Valium—I am not speaking concerning the different drugs I went via.”

Their decline from younger princes of Hollywood to struggling straight-to-video stars preceded the social media-driven world, however the 24/7 information cycle was fast to latch onto the Coreys’ troubles nonetheless.  

Feldman, who was arrested in March 1990 for heroine and cocaine possession and once more for heroin possession that September, mentioned on Nightline in 2007 that he “completely” felt responsible for what he felt was a betrayal to his followers on the time.

“Right here I used to be this advocate for [the anti-drug campaign] ‘Simply Say No,’ for all types of issues that had been constructive and useful to kids and I went, ‘man, look what I’ve finished’… however that is actually unhealthy,” he mentioned. “The burden of all this should not be on my shoulders, simply because it should not be on [someone like Lindsay’s] shoulders.”

Requested about those that would argue that Lohan ought to know higher and had all of the assets at her disposal to remain out of hassle, Feldman replied, “No one picks and chooses their demons.”

Haim definitely did not.

“I believe I’ve an habit to just about every thing,” he instructed Larry King. “I imply, I’ve to be very cautious with myself so far as that goes, which is why I’ve a help group round me constantly.”

“I really feel actual unhealthy for her,” the onetime heartthrob, who additionally at one level ballooned to over 300 kilos introduced on by his drug use, additionally mentioned on Nightline about Lohan. “She would not notice she’s getting sick…she’s sick. For me, all-time low was ‘I am unable to look within the mirror anymore.’ I felt responsible about myself, what I used to be doing, no work anymore. I simply did one thing about it alone. She’s younger sufficient to catch it. I see only a model of me, feminine, youthful.”

The 2 Coreys, Corey Haim, Corey Feldman

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In 2007, Haim and Feldman—who made 9 films altogether over time—starred in their very own A&E actuality present, The Two Coreys, which featured Haim hanging out with Feldman and his spouse on the time, Susannah, and was meant to be an unflinching have a look at their lives, with an absurdist bent. The nostalgia issue mixed with the practice wreck side really proved fairly magnetic for viewers, and the present was renewed for a second season.

By the point the sequence returned to A&E in June 2008, nonetheless, the Coreys weren’t talking—the rift apparently attributable to Haim’s continued drug use and him displaying up excessive to shoot a cameo in Misplaced Boys: The Tribe, a sequel to the 1987 hit that Feldman had an even bigger half in. 

“We’re not on talking phrases in the meanwhile,” Feldman instructed GQ. “There’s at all times going to be some stage of friendship. Blood is thicker than water. However I’ve formally drawn the road. If I am serving to to perpetuate a lie, I am including to the issue. Each individual must hit their backside.”

Feldman added, “I believe he is hit a number of [rock bottoms], however not the one which’s taken him to the curb. I do know that he is misplaced enamel. I do know that he is misplaced hair. He is by no means been arrested. He is by no means frolicked in jail. He is mainly the Canadian Keith Richards.”

Requested about his falling-out with Feldman, Haim instructed GQ, “I have been in L.A. for, as an instance, 4 months. He is out of city, and he would not name, ever. However on the finish of the day, there’s at all times love.”

Haim claimed he was again within the sport, even taking out an advert in Selection asserting, “I am again.”

“I took an 11-year break again to Canada. I like lengthy holidays,” the actor mentioned. “That is what I say to individuals. They ask, ‘The place you been, Corey?’ ‘The place you been, Haimster?’ However I am getting again into my zone on-set, and it’s completely what I have been missing for years.”

It was through the first season of The Two Coreys that each Feldman and Haim mentioned that they’d been molested after they had been beginning out in Hollywood as boys.

“That was a type of issues that we would mentioned not citing. After which Haim introduced it up anyway,” Feldman instructed GQ. “You know the way there’s one factor that your pal’s bought towards you that he might use as blackmail at any time? That was the one factor.”

Requested how he thought being abused had affected his life, he mentioned, “I definitely assume it affected Haim’s. I believe it is stunted him. That is the basis of why he hasn’t had a strong relationship. I went via my very own comparable issues, and happily, I used to be in a position to [compartmentalize] it in my mind. Let’s not neglect that I went via an intensive 10-month rehabilitation course of [for heroin addiction]. The one manner I might overcome that habit was to take care of my deep-rooted issues. I needed to place it on the market and provides it again to God and all that wholesome stuff you are purported to do.”

Insisting (as he can be requested to do repeatedly down the street) that it was not Michael Jackson who had molested him, Feldman mentioned it was his former assistant, somebody he hadn’t seen since 1986, and he discovered the entire expertise “simply sort of bewildering. Regardless of what individuals assume, I used to be really very harmless and really naive on the time. I used to be your typical American child.”

Corey Haim, Corey Feldman

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“That is life on this world. There are folks that benefit from different individuals—on this case, younger, younger kids,” Haim instructed the journal. 

“It is one thing that might be addressed in my internal soul for the remainder of my life, and it is one thing that actually impacts me, and I opened up a can of worms, so to talk [by bringing it up on The Two Coreys]. Every single day I opened up, like, a can of sardines. It is one thing I’ve addressed. Psychiatrists might be useful. They’ve the medicines and blah-blah-blah. However I do not need any of that, man. I’ve handled this, and I am coping with this—second by second, minute by minute, day-to-day. All the things’s cool. It is similar to, It occurred, it is over, and transfer on. Let’s transfer on to the subsequent topic.”

However whereas Haim was the one who first introduced their shared secret into the sunshine, it is since Feldman who’s been carrying the torch—spurred on, maybe, by the truth that Haim ended up unable to conquer his demons in the long run.

On March 10, 2010, Corey Haim was discovered lifeless in his house within the San Fernando Valley. He was 38. Although toxicology exams turned up no less than eight substances in his system, together with marijuana and chilly medicines, his dying was attributed to pneumonia and a preexisting coronary heart situation, formally pure causes.

Those that knew him effectively, nonetheless, had at all times feared that the worst would occur. 

An outpouring of tributes highlighting the teen-cutie roles Haim was recognized for adopted, prompting Feldman to surprise in an interview with Larry King, “The place had been all these individuals to lend a handout, to achieve out to him and say, ‘you are a legend, you are an amazingly proficient great one who’s by no means actually gone out of his solution to harm anybody, apart from himself?’

“On this leisure business, in Hollywood, we construct individuals up as kids, we put them on pedestals, after which, after we determine they are not marketable anymore, we stroll away from them.”

In the end, Feldman mentioned, he hoped his pal can be remembered “as a phenomenal, humorous, enigmatic character who introduced nothing however life and lights and leisure and artwork to all of our lives.”

Corey Haim, Corey Feldman, Dream a Little Dream

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Haim’s films do dwell on, however extra not too long ago his reminiscence has been inseparable from Feldman’s present mission, which, he says, is to show the individuals who preyed on younger boys corresponding to himself and Haim in Hollywood.

Feldman’s 2013 memoir Coreyography was filled with horrifying anecdotes, together with what he says occurred with the previous assistant he had talked about to GQ years beforehand. He wrote lack of grownup mentors and shut relations in his life led him to encompass himself with the incorrect individuals. 

“Slowly, over a interval of a few years, I’d start to understand that lots of the individuals I had surrounded myself with had been monsters,” Feldman wrote. He mentioned that he and Jackson bonded over their respective tales of childhood trauma, the singer’s being alleged bodily abuse by the hands of his father, menacing household patriarch Joe Jackson.

“Individuals at all times ask me about life after childhood stardom,” he wrote. “What would I say to folks of youngsters within the business? My solely recommendation, actually, is to get these youngsters out of Hollywood and allow them to lead regular lives.”

Throughout a 2013 look on The View to speak concerning the guide, Feldman mentioned, “There are folks that had been the folks that did this to each me and Corey which can be nonetheless working. They’re nonetheless on the market, and which can be a number of the richest strongest individuals on this enterprise. And so they are not looking for me saying what I’m saying proper now.”

“Are you saying they’re pedophiles and that they’re nonetheless on this enterprise?” co-host Barbara Walters requested him on the time.

“Sure,” Feldman insisted. “They do not need me right here proper now. They need me lifeless.”

“You are damaging a complete business [with those allegations],” Walters recommended, to which Feldman replied, “I am sorry.”

Feldman continued to talk out on the topic wherever he might, from on-camera interviews to Twitter—and he additionally continued to insist there have been forces at play that did not need him to speak.

In Could 2016, he instructed The Hollywood Reporter that Corey Haim “had extra direct abuse than I did. With me, there have been some molestations, and it did come from a number of arms, so to talk, however with Corey, his was direct rape, whereas mine was not precise rape. And his additionally occurred when he was 11. My son is 11 now, and I am unable to even start to fathom the thought of one thing like that taking place to him. It will destroy his entire being.”


Nothing substantial got here of it, as tended to be the case. However now, a sea change no less than appears to be underway, and Feldman is diving in.

With the rising pile of allegations of sexual assault and harassment towards disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein resulting in a collective outcry concerning the lamentable remedy of girls (and increasingly males) in Hollywood and numerous different industries, Feldman took to social media:


Corey Haim, Corey Feldman

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Final weekend Feldman mentioned report that he’d been busted for marijuana possession whereas on the street along with his band, Fact Motion, was being blown out of proportion. He insisted that he was neither arrested nor put in jail, however “acquired a misdemeanor” as a result of a crew member had prescription medical marijuana on their tour bus in Louisiana, and so they might all clear themselves after they confirmed proof of prescription.



In the meantime, he has continued to level to Corey Haim as a fellow sufferer who skilled much more severe violations than he did as a younger teen, sustaining that this was a part of an ongoing effort to carry the leisure business accountable for the way it chewed them up and spit them out. However Haim’s beloved mom—whom he was dwelling with on the time of his dying—would not like how her son’s onetime finest pal goes about it.

Final week Feldman introduced a plan to inform all and title names in a documentary about his life and sexual abuse in Hollywood—and he is making an attempt to crowd-source $10 million to get the mission off the bottom.

“I’ve a message: The message is, ‘reveal your abusers now since you’ve waited and you have talked about it for a very long time,'” Judy Haim, Corey’s mother, instructed E! Information on Monday. 

“As we speak,” Judy continued, “due to what is going on in in Hollywood, it is opened up a door for all of the abused to return ahead. Not one of the different ones are ready for $10 million to make a film after which reveal them. I really feel very sorry for him and he stored claiming all these years that he was abused and clearly I really feel unhealthy for all of the victims, together with my son.” However “I’ve had sufficient of Corey Feldman speaking about my child on this method since he handed away, and you realize why it began with him? As a result of my son opened up a can of worms on The Two Coreys. He was going to take that secret of him being abused by this one man solely…Corey Feldman is making it sound like my son was handed round in Hollywood by each single man. The explanation he is doing it’s because my son, he instructed me and all of his different mates what occurred with this one man.

“My son could not hold something to himself. Should you go have a look at any interview that my son has ever finished, he by no means actually hid the drug use, he talked to all people about every thing. That is his life, if he needed to speak about one thing that was occurring in his personal life, he did so. It is not Feldman’s place to speak about my child.”

Over the weekend, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Judy referred to as Feldman, extra frankly, “a rip-off artist. If he was severe about this, he’d share the data he has with the police.”

“Corey Feldman liked Corey Haim and defending his legacy is essential to him,” Feldman’s rep instructed E! Information in response. “They had been, are and can at all times be The Two Coreys. Corey Feldman has been making an attempt to get this fact out for a really very long time.” 

This morning speaking to Matt Lauer on As we speak, Feldman mentioned, “I am not taking part in round. It is severe stuff and I vow I’ll launch each single title that I’ve any information of, interval. And no one goes to cease me this time so long as individuals help this.”

Whereas Judy Haim has mentioned that she’ll help Feldman’s mission “100 %” if he chooses to talk out and determine the alleged perpetrators “earlier than they abuse any extra individuals,” she would not see his present request for funding as something greater than a money-making scheme. And her son’s reminiscence would not want Corey Feldman.

“I hold telling the press: These two weren’t finest mates,” Judy instructed E! Information. “They weren’t mates. What pal does that to a different pal?”

—Extra reporting by Beth Sobol

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