by Ariel Hakim
[su_note]NOTE: Ariel wrote “What to do when you’re waiting for Corey Feldman to call” because we knew she couldn’t get the Goonies actor on the phone before we went to print. And frankly, we weren’t sure it was going to happen at all. But then… IT DID. And that’s what this post is all about. So if you missed catching Corey at the Akron Rubber Ducks game, here’s your chance to get a dose. – Chris[/su_note]
I sweated, I shook a little, and I felt the urge to let out a series of tiny shrieks. Corey Feldman called me!!!
Christina from the RubberDucks gave me the news Tuesday—she said Corey would be having a “media day” the following day and wondered did I still want to talk with him?
Still, when the call finally came and Corey Feldman was on the line, I was shocked. I guess I expected his agent or publicist or someone to make the introductions and patch us through or something, but it was just Corey.
Although I had scribbled down a number of questions, I asked him the first thing that came to my mind, which was, “Have you been doing a lot interviews today?”
It was after all, a media day.
“Not a lot,” he said. “We’re just doing a couple right now. We’re kind of doing a slow build here on this information and doing just little pockets of press to advance the shows that we’re doing. Because we’re only doing a few one-offs right now.”
“We haven’t announced a full tour yet,” he went on. “So we’re just being kind of secretive. There’s a lot going on, and the Angels seem to be in very high demand, so that’s the focus of what we’re doing.”
That the 30th anniversary of “The Goonies” ties into it is completely coincidental, he said.
The Angels. I actually expected that he’d want to talk about this, but the question I had prepared was supposed to come later in the interview. I would have asked, “So, I read in your book that you don’t generally do interviews unless you’re promoting something. What would you like to promote?”
I didn’t realize his visit to Canal Park was going to involve much more than him throwing out the first pitch and later, DJing at the Tiki Bar, but the RubberDucks’ press release not mentioning Corey’s Angels was the result of a miscommunication, according to Corey.
Actually, DJ AC, aka Angel Courtney, will be spinning records. Angel Ariel will be on guitar.
“That’s her real name,” he said, “Ariel.”
“That’s my real name, too!” I said.
“I know! I saw that when I booked the interview, and I thought, ‘Wow, what a strange coincidence!’”
They’ll be doing a family-friendly mini-show, he said, as they prepare for a full tour featuring some of his early material as an artist, including some stuff from his film soundtracks.
“A lot of it I’ve never done live,” he told me.
“Wow!” I said.
“Did you say ‘why’ or ‘wow’?” he asked.
“Wow!” I told him.
Although they have done a bunch of private events over the past year, the Akron stop is pretty much the first public appearance for Corey and the Angels.
He emphasized it’ll be small, though.
Other stuff I learned while talking on the phone with Corey Feldman:
- He’s never been a police officer.
Well, duh. But that was the first thing he said when I asked him what he hasn’t done. Yet, he added.
He hasn’t been a fireman, either, he said. Or an “official” doctor. “Although some people might say I’m close to it,” he said.
“I like to be widely-versed, I guess you could say,” he told me.
- He’s sorta from Ohio.
Although I scrapped most of the questions I’d planned on asking, I did ask Corey about his impression of Akron.
“I loved it. That’s why I’m coming back,” he said.
I decided not to bring up Annabell’s.
His family is from Toledo and he has relatives living in Cleveland, he added.
And even though he was born in L.A., he tends to feel like Ohio is “home turf,” he said.
“I always feel whenever I do something there that it’s kind of like going home,” he said.
- He’s tight with Sean Astin.
I saved my Goonies question for last.
It was: “How often do you think about the Goonies and along what lines?”
“I think about them quite often to be honest, probably more than I used to, given the fact that Sean and I have become very close through the years,” he said.
They’re currently working together on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV series, he said.
Corey said he runs into the other Goonies from time to time, and the “ever-pulsating mystery” of whether they’ll get back together for a Goonies sequel does come up.
“I think we all kind of keep our ears to the ground a little bit on that,” he said.
“Last I heard it was still in the works, but that was a year ago,” he laughed.
- Corey’s Angels defies explanation.
During the interview, Corey talked the most about his angels.
There have been a lot of misconceptions in the press, he said, with people calling it one thing or another.
Frankly, I have to say I can see why. I’m still not totally sure I get it, even though we talked about it for a while. I’m not sure if Corey will approve of me saying it this way or not, but I’m pretty sure it’s a talent agency and the rock band is the baby of that.
“We look for young talent, which is usually in the form of gorgeous women. And we take these women who are very talented and beautiful and have good hearts and seem to be well-rounded, balanced individuals. Usually girls like that don’t know where to start and don’t have a clear path to follow their dreams,” he said.
Corey said he sees his job now as harnessing their talent, giving them direction and helping them be the best they can be.
“And we use the sex appeal that I guess you would find in Maxim or Sports Illustrated as a way to get people’s attention,” he added.
There’s more. A lot more, actually. The angels have helped him make peace with his past, too.
I have to tell you I suspended judgment as he talked about the angels in a way I likely would not have if I hadn’t been talking to Corey Feldman. At the end of the day, I was just proud I didn’t cry while on the phone with him.
Read on for the scoop:
CF: “[Corey’s Angels is] a passion of mine because it helps me deal with the issues that I’ve had with women throughout my life. I’ve come to realize that if there’s a reason for me doing this, the reason probably comes down to the fact that I was not treated very well by women. And most of those women happened to be beautiful women. So, therefore, I think it’s my way of trying to repair the damage in a way—most people would come out of scorned relationships and abusive mother and things like that and be very bitter and want to attack women or be negative towards the whole concept of love and romance and all that whereas I kind of went the opposite direction and went let’s go to the roots of why they seem so screwed up in the first place. How did they get like this to the point where they would take a relationship and throw it down the drain, or abuse their child, or whatever? How did they become so screwed up? And if I can get to the psychological process that takes them down the wrong road…I found once I started doing that that it’s the same psychological process that makes them devalue themselves and creates degradating choices in their lives. So if you can get to the root and you can start molding them in a positive way with positive influence and a belief system to where they feel they can achieve anything, they become more confident and then they’re able to achieve their goals. So it’s kind of…there’s a lot of psychology in it as well, I guess.”
AH: “That’s amazing. How do you account though for the fact that you were able to accomplish so much without having good parenting or even necessarily good influences around you all the time when you were growing up?”
CF: “My career is the only thing I accomplished. I didn’t accomplish becoming a decent human being. That I accomplished in my adult life. A lot of that came through having my own child because having a child helped me to learn to raise a child with love and give that child everything that I was missing in life. So I felt like, ‘Boy, I can’t wait to have a kid one day, because when I have a kid, I’m going to have so much fun with him, like we’re going to have the best time because I’ll get to play and do all things I wanted to do as a kid. And that’s to me the way a perfect dad would have been. So, therefore, I just give all that to my kid and it’s worked out great. My kid’s a star student, he’s a vegetarian his whole life, he’s the most beautifully well-behaved, well-mannered person I’ve ever met. Like literally. He’s a perfect angel, for real. So I feel like I accomplished a lot with him and I feel like I did a really good job. So therefore, I now feel confident in raising this other surrogate family of kind of misguided girls who kind of need some boundaries and some strength and discipline in their lives to help them achieve their goals. And I think that’s really what this is about.
“That’s in a nutshell probably the clearest way I’ve ever described the company. So that’s a pretty good sound bite for you.”
AH: “How are Corey’s Angel’s coming to you? Do you they audition?”
“In my world, it’s a very strange place to be because everything happens the way it’s supposed to. There’s kind of a weird balance and symmetry to everything. It just kind of locks into place like a Rubik’s Cube. They come to me from all sources. When I started putting the band together, I had one group of girls that I was working with and then I put them through a lot of tests I guess you would say, but I make sure that they’re skilled enough. I make sure that they’re dedicated enough, that they’re serious enough, that they’re responsible because with all of what my world created what worked within it was a lot of dedication and a lot of punctuality. You have to be serious, you have to be on time, you have to be focused, you can’t let people down—it’s just so much pressure. And most people aren’t cut out for that kind of pressure, especially young beautiful girls who are constantly being told they can get away with murder if they do nothing at all. And I have to basically retool that thinking to let them know, like, ‘yeah, but if you do it that way, you’re going to end up in strip clubs, whatever, that kind of future. And you don’t want that kind of future. You want to actually use your abilities as your future.’ And wouldn’t that be a wonderful world if beautiful girls were raised with the thinking that they could become something other than just a piece of meat? So, that’s really what it’s about, trying to instill a new education on society of how we view these things.”