Embodying the decade of decadence, Corey Feldman was a huge star at age 13... and arrested for heroin possession by the age of 19. The 1990 drug charge proved to be a life-saver.
Life in 2007 fits Feldman like a fine Italian tailored suit. The 36-year-old is settled with his wife of four years Susie, and his almost three-year old son Zen. Corey met Susie by breaking his own personal dating rules: Never date a woman you meet in a club, and Never date a fan. But love knows no such rules.
"The night that I met him, it was the last place you'd ever meet your soul mate," Susie recalled. "It was at a nightclub in Hollywood."
The couple welcome Corey's old friend Corey Haim to their home in "The Two Coreys" debuting Sunday at 10 p.m. on A&E. The network played an enormous part in the Corey reunion. "Corey and I have gotten tons of offers to work together in the last ten years and there hasn't been anything that was right," he said.
Sharing a lineup with other real-life programming such as "Inside the Actor's Studio," "Intervention," and "Chris Angel's Mindfreak," the Feldman's knew they were joining illustrious company.
"A&E has a lot of integrity behind their programming," Susie said. "There's a certain feeling that goes along being able to say you're show is on A&E."
Corey Feldman's experience on VH1's 2003 "The Surreal Life" produced a performer unwilling to walk down reality television's road again. With complete creative control, "The Two Coreys" allows them to craft the experience as the audience sees it. What sets their program apart is that it blurs the line between what's real and scripted.
"This isn't necessarily a reality show. The show is riding a delicate line between a sitcom and a reality," Corey admits. "It's real in the sense that there are the three of us showing real emotions that are conveyed in front of the camera. However, most importantly, every episode tells a story."
The network with 'Arts' in its moniker proved a perfect fit for a couple and their friend carving their own unique niche in an overburdened genre. "Their programming is mature and intelligent," Susie said of A&E as Corey interjects.
"Well, it's not VH1," he said as they both erupt in laughter. "We got offers from E! and others, but we wouldn't have done this with any other network. They're usually trying to get something across that's a little bit deeper."
Although Corey and Susie admit they had not seen the Kate Hudson/Matt Dillon/Owen Wilson comedy "You, me and Dupree" when they conceived the concept, they were overwhelmed with comparisons immediately. "We had to watch it to see what people were referring to," Corey adds.
With the Dupree in "The Two Coreys" being Haim, the trio appreciated the comparison once they finally saw the film. "Ours is a comedy that happens naturally. But it's about a single guy that wants to continue a bachelor life while living in a married couple's home," Susie said.
And Haim fits the persona Wilson emitted in the film. "Corey's also a mess," Feldman said. "It's like bringing the Tasmanian Devil into your home. He doesn't know how to do his own dishes or clean up after himself," said Corey, a self-professed neat freak. "I can assure you fifteen years ago, I had a much different perspective," he said. "You'd have a show about two slobs and the woman that's being driven crazy in the middle of it all."
What got Feldman noticed was his cherubic face. His first gig was at age three, a 1974 McDonald's commercial. By 1979, Feldman scored the role of Regi Tower on the television series based on the monster little league hit, "The Bad News Bears."
His appearance in 1984's "Gremlins" began a path that catapulted Feldman to be a face of a decade. The producer of that film, Steven Spielberg, cast the young actor for his latest blockbuster, "The Goonies." The Clark "Mouth" Devereaux character set a framework for characters Feldman would portray for the next several years.
In 1986 he added sensitivity to his persona with Rob Reiner's timeless "Stand by Me." The very next year, Feldman was cast in the film that served as the zenith of his teen idol years. "The Lost Boys" also provided him the opportunity for meeting the Yin to his Yang, Corey Haim. Their appearance in the vampire film cemented a fraternal bond that would last 20 years. Producers sought to capture the lightning of the young actor's chemistry and paired them in two subsequent feature films, "License to Drive" and "Dream a Little Dream."
Both Coreys had well documented downturns, personally and professionally. After a career highlight as a presenter at the 1989 Academy Awards, Feldman was arrested for heroin possession in 1990. Tabloids were all too eager to capture what seemed like the stereotypical child-actor gone bad story -- a tale, Corey says is as constant in Hollywood as palm trees.
"It has always been like that and always will be like that. We're gonna make mistakes and that's part of life. It's how you come through those mistakes on the other side that really matters," he said.
"What society as a whole seems to forget when it comes to the entertainment industry is most of these kids are doing what all kids do -- make mistakes. That's what we're supposed to do, we only learn from our mistakes," Corey said.
Watching 1990's "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" is bittersweet for the actor. Only providing his voice, Corey can hear his personal troubles in his performance. The film serves as a permanent reminder of a life he never wants to return, although he still feels his troubles were no different than any other American teenager.
"I think about my time then, and in actuality, if you look at your own family and you look at your kids in your family, you're going to find that they are making the same mistakes I did. They're just not doing it in front of the rest of the world," Corey said. The actor pulled himself together in 1991 after treatment at the Cri-Help center in North Hollywood. "The fact I have become the person I am is only a gift from God."
Trying to break the mold that is the Corey Feldman of the '80s persona, the actor has worked at choosing roles that are as different from himself as possible. But, it takes time and Hollywood is known for putting performers into boxes they rarely are allowed to bust out of.
The Coreys were no different.
Read more on the next page!
And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .
SheKnows is making some changes!