The story of the two Coreys — Feldman and Haim, the latter of whom died at the age of 38 on Wednesday (March 10) — goes back a long way. Much farther than their canceled A&E reality series, “The Two Coreys,” might have you believe.
The same-aged actors first met during their teen years when they were auditioning for what turned out to be notable early roles. Both read for “The Goonies” and “Lucas,” with Feldman landing the former role and Haim the latter. But it wasn’t until 1987 that the duo came together for Joel Schumacher’s teen-vampire classic, “The Lost Boys.”
“We just clicked, chemistry for ourselves,” Haim said
in a 2007 interview with Larry King, whose show he appeared on with Feldman in support of their reality series. “We can complete each other’s sentences.”
“I’ve worked with a lot of great people through the years,” Feldman added. “And with Corey, you know, you set us in front of a camera and tell us to go, and it just happens. And there’s really no explaining that, you know?”
The Coreys went on to collaborate in two more films — “License to Drive” and “Dream a Little Dream” — before they came to a mutual decision to take a break. “We made an announcement on CNN, actually, where we said, you know, we felt that everybody was starting to get us confused,” Feldman explained. Haim added, “We went our separate ways.”
In the years that followed, the two remained friends through difficult times. Both succumbed to substance abuse, though Feldman was able to kick the habit while Haim fell deeper. They made several more films together, including the modest hit “Blown Away,” but the magical duo of their teen years seemed to be gone.
Then “The Two Coreys” came along. The show didn’t last beyond two seasons, but the old fire was fanned when Feldman revealed to Haim on the show that he’d been asked to participate in the “Lost Boys” sequel. Haim was not called, however, and the news did not go over well.
Feldman later revealed to MTV that his old friend would, in fact, be a part of “Lost Boys: The Tribe.”. “He’s in the film,” Feldman told MTV News “It’s obviously something we’ve been trying to keep under wraps because there’s been so much speculation, there’s been so much back and forth, as you well know.”
Haim was not pleased. “[Feldman] knew the whole time, I’m assuming, I was in ‘Lost Boys 2.’ It’s already been aired that I’m not. So I had to produce that emotion about a half hour later which I produced [earlier, off-camera,]” he explained. “That was a bad day for me. Until whenever-ago, there wasn’t a ‘Lost Boys 2′ without me, so to me that’s just a backstab. So I have issues right now with another guy in the world named Corey.”
Ultimately, the back and forth amounted to very little, as Haim was forced to drop out for what his manager described to MTV News as Canadian border issues , although the reasons remained unclear at press time.
However, he does have a small cameo during the sequel’s end-credits sequence, in which he reprises his Sam Emerson role, only this time as a vampire. He and Feldman’s Edgar Frog move to attack one another, with a cut back to the credits right before they collide.
Despite the surprise cameo, presumably a last-minute addition, Haim was still essentially out of the “Lost Boys” sequel. Feldman was quick to issue a statement to MTV News in which he expressed regret at his old friend’s absence from the film.
“I feel that I need to address some of the statements that have been made in reference to Corey Haim’s and my friendship and his participation in ‘Lost Boys: The Tribe.’ I have always considered Corey Haim a brother and dear friend and have always been there for him. Although I am deeply saddened that he has decided not to participate in ‘Lost Boys 2,’ it was strictly his decision. For the record, I was not willing to go forward with any production or deal until I was assured that Corey Haim was onboard. I received confirmation from my representation that Haim had announced that he was officially attached to ‘Lost Boys 2.’
“After starting production in Vancouver, I learned that Haim had chosen to pull out of the project. The reasons for his decisions are his and his alone. Although I am saddened by Haim’s departure, I am enjoying working on the film and am very excited about working with my Frog Brother Jamison Newlander and to carry the torch forward. I am very proud to be part of this highly anticipated sequel for Warner Bros. and feel confident that we are making a film that the fans will welcome as a complimentary addition to the franchise.”
However, they patched things up, and as of last month, any bad blood seemed to be in the past. TMZ caught up with the pair in Los Angeles on February 18, and Haim said he was “doing well” with his sobriety.
“You guys still best friends?” the cameraman asked.
“Forever! Always!” they replied, almost in unison.