Since the news broke of Corey Haim's death, many fans and curious onlookers have been interested inthe status of the nearly dozen films he had in some stage of development around Hollywood. But in some ways, the most interesting of them may be a movie he was dismissed from — and the reasons why.
"We cast Corey for the movie 'DaZe,' " producer Miller Uwanawich remembered of the time he was planning to work with Haim in early 2008. "He was all great and wonderful ... [then] he started having all of these wild requests — pills, to keep it bluntly," the producer said.
In case you're wondering, yes — "DaZe" is indeed the same film that fellow recently deceased former child star Andrew Koenig would mark as his last film, and the same one that starred "Twilight" actor Jackson Rathbone.
Recent interviews have had Haim's agent Mark Heaslip insisting that the '80s star had overcome his well-documented drug problems. But when Uwanawich was working with Haim shortly after he had filmed the second and final season of "The Two Coreys," the producer said that he was struggling — and that struggle cost him his job.
"He was always wanting us to come up with different meds," Uwanawich explained. "This was pretty hard-core ... Xanax, and there was some other stuff."
According to the producer, Haim would call him late at night and request that he procure the pills for him. "And I said, 'Well, Corey, you shouldn't be doing that.' But his mother was always like, 'No, he needs it because of his back,' and I said, 'But in two days, he took 40 of them.' He was all over the place. He was wild and he was all over the place," Uwanawich said of Haim's mental state in those days. "I was trying to help him."
To make matters worse, Uwanawich said he had just vouched for the actor's sobriety to the makers of a "Lost Boys" sequel.
"I'm actually the one that helped him get that role; I talked to the people. He had the role, but they wanted to remove him from it," he recalled. "He was fairly good at that time. Something in between happened, and he became what he became.
"I started getting late-night phone calls from him and his mom looking for meds. And I was like, 'No, this is not something I will do,' " he explained. "I will not get involved in this."
Soon afterward, Uwanawich notified Haim of his desire for a "mutual separation" for the project, a discussion that angered the star. "Let's put it this way: I'm not surprised [to hear he died]. I'm not happy. I'm sad. For the little bickering we had, Corey was a nice guy," the producer said, explaining that Haim's casting set off a domino effect that led to Rathbone's casting — and the finished film will be in theaters at the end of 2010. "I tried my best not to enable, but I should have tried to do more to help ... I really felt this guy was not going to be around for much longer."