Coery Feldman Talks Life, Angeles, and 6 Degrees of Hell, on Blu-ray and DVD this week
It's been awhile since we chatted with Corey Feldman. Way back in May of 2011, the very busy actor revealed his part in the death of Osama Bin Laden*, as seen in the popular documentary Operation Belvis Bash. And then he literally disappeared. He fell of the map...
Well, Sort of.
After shooting five movies under the radar, Corey left Hollywood for the UK, where he trained to become a world class figure skater, competing in the popular British TV series Dancing on Ice.
He's back on our shores now, though, still living the life of a blue collar actor, despite being a national treasure. There is no rest for the wicked, and it seems Feldman has been burning plenty of midnight oil. This Tuesday finds the cult idol mainstay taking on a (sorta) lead role in 6 Degrees of Hell, which is available on Blu-ray and DVD starting November 27th.
He's also in the midst of writing a tell-all book about his life, which promises to expose a ring of pedophiles in Hollywood. He is vying for a return to the role of Donatello in the Ninja Turtles, he plans to tussle with Jason Voorhees again in Friday the 13th's landmark 13th installment. He is planning a Broadway show that will debut on the West End. He has three albums in the works. He wants to be the next Hugh M. Hefner with the launch of his brand coreysangels.com. And he wants a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. It's an old cliché, but he might just be the hardest workingman in show business.
We recently caught up with Corey for a chat about his life, and what he's been doing, which is quite a lot. Here is our conversation.
You dropped out of the spotlight after killing Osama Bin Laden. Can you give us an update about where you've been and what you've been doing?
Corey Feldman: I didn't drop out of the spotlight. I dropped out of the American spotlight. I went off and lived in England for five months. I did a very successful TV show over there called Dancing on Ice. In the last year, I have trained to become a world class figure skater, and I went and did this live competition television show in the UK, which had about ten million viewers a week. So, even though those folks here in America may not have known what was going on, those fans across the country, in the UK, certainly were aware. That included some live performances on late night talk shows, where I performed a lot of my music. I am also setting up a great number of things in the UK, which are all coming up in the next year. I am moving a lot between America and Europe right now, doing all sorts of things. On top of that, I have five films coming out over the next six months. So, I have been very busy working since I killed Osama Bin Laden last year.
Did you have to move to the UK because of that? We all know you were at the heart of that very dangerous operation.
Corey Feldman: Because of the undercover operation? Yes, I was at the heart of that operation. However, I was deep, deep under cover when we were back in Afghanistan...
When I say you dropped out of the spotlight, I guess I am referring to your monthly blog updates, where you told us what was going on in your life. We haven't heard from you in a while. You've been very quiet...
Corey Feldman: The blog? Um...It just got to be too much, to be honest. I was working on a show where I was training a minimum of two hours, on the ice, doing live performances every week. It was literally three months of intensive training. Plus, obviously, going through the divorce, and becoming a single parent, and doing all of these films. Writing my book. Working on three new studio albums. Planning a tour for next year. Creating my new brand Corey's Angels....Its been a very action packed year for me, though there hasn't been the consistency of the blog. I will agree with you there. We have continued feeding tons of information through the various social media sites. I have transferred a lot of my social workings and press output to my social media rather than my website. My site still remains the home base for all the events that are going on. We certainly promote through there. But in terms of keeping direct contact with the fans, that is really done more through the Facebooks and the Twitters, and things like that. So, a lot of the fans that used to read my blog, and get the monthly or bi-monthly updates are now getting day-to-day updates by visiting my Facebook or my Twitter.
Your Twitter isn't verified. It's hard to tell who is actually you...
Corey Feldman: We don't know how to get verified. That is the frustrating part. It's me, but for some reason, Twitter doesn't want to tell the fans that it's actually me. I don't know, or understand how twitter works, to get that taken care of. But I can tell you that the official Twitter page is @Corey_Feldman. That is me. Then there is Facebook. Facebook is frustrating, too. Because you can only have 5,000 friends. For a year now, fans have been getting really frustrated, "How do we get in there?" I'm like, "I'm sorry! Until Facebook changes its rules, there is no way to do it." That said, it all seems to be consistent and flowing. I think the fans know where to find me if they need to. You never know, maybe I will start up the blog again with all of these films coming out. A little additional publicity and promotion never hurts. But I am a shy, quiet person in my personal life. When I am working, I am working. When I am promoting, I am promoting. The rest of the time, I try to stay under the radar a bit.
I didn't know you were writing a book. What is that going to entail? Is it going to be in the style of your blog?
Corey Feldman: Oh, yeah. It's going to be like the blog on steroids. That's probably a good reason why you haven't seen the monthly blog. I am trying to build it up and save a little suspense for the book. The book is going to be an autobiography. Right now, we have a targeted release date of fall 2013.
That's actually pretty exciting. We've been waiting for something like that for a while. You are writing the book by yourself?
Corey Feldman: Yes. That is correct.
Cool, now what is Corey's Angeles? I'm kind of out of date on all my Corey information...
Corey Feldman: I guess you are! Corey's Angeles is a new brand that I have created. You can check it out by going to the new website that I launched called coreysangels.com. It is explained a little bit better there. It is a new social networking site that I have created. It's a social lifestyle that I have created. Which is very similar to the world of Playboy. It uses a lot of the things I have learned from the years attending many of the parties at the Playboy Mansion, and being friends with Hugh Hefner. Using him as a role model, and an icon in my life, especially as a single man since my last marriage. The hopeless romantic in me, which essentially said that I need to stop that now, since I am a single dad, and I can't go from relationship to relationship anymore, because you do have responsibilities when you become a father. When I had my child, I planned on being with the woman I had him with for the rest of my life. If that doesn't work out, you have to see things from a different perspective. For me, its been a battle to make sure I didn't just jump into a serious relationship, for the nature that I didn't feel it was fair to my child, to try and make him fall in love with each girl I decided I was in love with. Which a lot of people do. A lot of people get out of a serious relationship, they have a kid, and they are looking for that next surrogate to come and fill those shoes. I didn't want to go that route. Myself, as a kid, who had parents that divorced at an early age...It was very frustrating for me to constantly be being told that this is your new whatever. This is the new person in your life, and then you grow attached to them, and then two months later they are gone. Instead of putting my kid through that, I have decided to not really have a girlfriend, and kind of just have girl friends. Instead of having a motherly figure in his life, aside from having his actual mother...Does that explain it?
Yes. Quite well. Is your plan to continue keeping your son out of the spotlight? I know we've discussed that before. But did you feel having him there, in the UK with you, was a good change from being surrounded by Hollywood?
Corey Feldman: Well, I am back in Hollywood now. I have been back in America since May. Basically, I moved back, I got this new mansion, and I started throwing these parties at the mansion. These Corey's Angeles parties. This was something I had been devising over the past six months. This whole Corey's Angels concept, of creating another world. Where it is very exclusive. You need a VIP membership. It is for the elite. It is only for the people that can afford it. We make it super tight, and exclusive. And then, it lends itself to the idea of having all these beautiful girls around. Which is all stuff that has nothing to do with me being a parent, or a father. That said, I keep my two lives very separate. I have my family life, my dad life, which is me and my son. In that world, there are no girls around. It's just him and me. And my roommate. It is a very typical family lifestyle home on those weeks that he is here. Then, when he is not here, that is when I go and have my fun, and I get to do the Angels stuff. It's like leading a double life.
You'd said before that you would never push your kid into show business or acting. Is that still the master plan?
Corey Feldman: That is something that will remain a constant. Until he is 18. When he is 18, and he decides that he is mature, and that is what he chooses to do with his career...Whatever he chooses for his career, I will support him 100%, and he will always have my full backing. But I don't think the entertainment business is any place for a kid. It certain isn't a place for my kid. I may be very selfish in keeping him from the world, but he is my most prized possession. I am very proud of him, and he is a very well balanced, normal child. I am very grateful for that. And I want to keep it that way.
I commend you for that. I guess we should talk about 6 Degrees of Hell. Now, tell me the truth...Is this a cameo? Or is this a full-fledged starring role? Am I getting my Corey's worth when I buy a ticket?
Corey Feldman: I guess you are hearing all sides of the spectrum, right? Some people have seen it, and maybe they are disappointed that I'm not in it as much as they would like. Other people will give me the credit, and say, "He's the reason I went and saw the movie." I think it lands halfway in the middle of both. It's probably the same as one of The Lost Boys films...Well, not the third one, because that was about the Frog Brothers. But if you take it to the first or second movie...My screen time in those movies would probably be comparable to my screen time in 6 Degrees of Hell.
Why don't you take on a full fledged starring role in these films? What is the decision there?
Corey Feldman: The thing you have to understand is that there are only so many things you can do in a year. There are only so many days in a year. There is only so much time you can set aside for certain projects. Literally, I am working on three studio albums right now. My latest single was just released as a free download on both my website, coreyfeldman.net and on coreysangels.com. You can go to either website and hear my new single, which is called Ascension Millennium, which was created in my new studio, in my new home. For the first time, I have a professional sounding recording studio. And I have had the opportunity to work with some great people on the new album. Everyone from Fred Durst, to a producer for The Black Eyed Peas, and I am talking to Snoop Dogg and Skrillex...So, this new solo album is going to be jam packed with some great celebrity appearances, and song writers, and producers, and writers from all over the music industry. So, that is very exciting. But, again, my point is that all of this stuff keeps a person very busy. It's almost like a circus act. Moving all of these spinning plates all the time. That said, I can't star in every film I do. Because I don't have the time. But when I get offers to do films, and I look at these films...And I am trying to plan all of these different films, and these projects that are going on in my life, I have to find the balance. I need time to be a dad, and have a normal life in there somewhere, too. It's all about balance. So I will choose a few cameos, and a few leading roles throughout each year. It just turns out that this last year, these last twelve months, have been intensive in regards to how many people have been reaching out, trying to get me involved with their projects. So, right now, we have 6 Degrees of Hell coming out this month. Next month, we have The Zombie King coming out in the UK, which is a comedy horror cult film I did with Edward Furlong. That is more of an upgrading cameo role, even though they say I am starring in it. It's really just an upgraded cameo. There is another movie I did a cameo in called Zombex, with Malcolm McDowell and Sid Haig. I did a cameo in another film called Worth: The Testimony of Johnny St. James, with Eric Roberts, which just came out. The starring roles I did this year are in this one, 6 Degrees of Hell, which is kind of a co-starring role. And then, The M Word, which is going to be a theatrical film that is released in the early part of next year. That is an art house film directed by Henry Jaglom. Starring Tanna Frederick. Michael Imperioli. Frances Fisher. It is a lot of great A list actors. It's kind of all over the map. I dip my foot into all sorts of different arenas, so to speak.
I know you spoke about this a little bit in the press already...But has Michael Bay finally reached out to you? The scream for you to return in Ninja Turtles is so loud...You are the only one that can do this voice...
Corey Feldman: I appreciate that, and thank you for the support. It's kind of up in the air. I will say this much. Michael Bay and I have become social acquaintances. We have traded cell phone numbers. We have been in communication. I have let him know that I support the project. He has let me know that he is a fan of my work. Its kind of...We are communicating. I wouldn't say there has been a formal offer, or anything like that. Its not even really going to be Michael Bay's decision. It's going to be the director of the film's decision. I don't know if they've announce the director just yet...
Have you been keeping up with the movie, and the fans' overall displeasure with what Michael Bay has done thus far?
Corey Feldman: Oh, absolutely. Absolutely. But at the end of the day, I made a statement very early on. I saw some of the other voice actors from the original film were coming out and making statements, "How can he do this? he's going to screw up the whole thing, blah, blah, blah..." Michael Bay and I have spoken about that. What I have said before to the press is that Michael Bay has done a great job of bringing these things back from the crypt. He has raised them from the crypt, he has brought them back to life, and he has put them on their feet, and made them very, very successful, and lucrative franchises, all over again. He deserves incredible [credit] for doing that work. I think that everyone can sit there and pick things apart. They can question it. And they can point fingers. They can say its never going to be good enough. They can say it is never going to be this, or that it's never going to be that. But at the end of the day, it is a tried and true recipe. It's a tried and true formula that he has created. Which is taking these films, or these genres from the past, and breathing new life into them. And he has done it with a great deal of success. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake that he did, which I thought was brilliant. The Transformers franchise? I think he has done an incredible job with that. I think people need to stop questioning the integrity of these creative ideas. The way that he is doing it? He has a formula, and that formula seems to be working. I think, at the end of the day, whatever he comes up with, people will be pleased to see it. I think it's going to make a ton of money, and we will be happy. People should just cool their jets for a moment, and let him do what he does so masterfully.
The one thing people don't give him enough credit for, is that he does actually listen to the fans when it counts. He does take their grievances into consideration.
Corey Feldman: Absolutely.
Now, let's talk The Frog Brothers. After the third film came out, there was talk that there was going to be a fourth movie, possible dealing with werewolves, and that you guys were preparing for a TV series. What happened? Are the Frog Brothers still in business?
Corey Feldman: I am not sure if you are aware, but Warner Premiere has folded.
Yes, I did know that...
Corey Feldman: The company that was assigned to make the films in The Lost Boys franchise are no longer in business. Therefore, that leaves The Lost Boys without a home. The Frog Brothers are homeless at the moment.
Are you looking for another home? Do you think you might swoop in and grab the rights yourself? Is this a franchise you want to see live on?
Corey Feldman: I would like to see the franchise stay alive. There is not a day that passes, that a fan doesn't write to me and say, "What about the next The Lost Boys? Where is Lost Boys 4? What about another Frog Brothers movie? Frog Brothers TV show? Frog Brothers cartoon. People love it. People want to see more of it. Jamison Newlander and I are always down to get back into bed. But that being said, it's Warner Bros. that drives that boat. It is a Warner Bros. film, it's a Warner Bros. franchise. Without Warner Bros. behind it, there are no more Frog Brothers. The Bros. Warner need to get back into bed with The Bros. Frog. Then we can all have a great big movie orgy. Until then, we are all left as homeless Frogs.
Dancing on Ice? Are we going to be able to see this in America? Are you going to put this vast knowledge of professional ice skating talent to use in another one of your projects?
Corey Feldman: (Laughs) You never know. Maybe I'll do Ice Castles Part 2. (Laughs) Or maybe Xanadu the sequel.
I think they already did Ice Castles 2...
Corey Feldman: At this point, I would say, probably not. It was just a challenge for myself. To see if I could do it. To see if I could last. To see if I could learn something new at this point in my life, and succeed at it. I did okay. I didn't do as well as I would have liked. But I also didn't fail miserably and fall on my face. I did get a pretty severe injury during the process. I tore a tendon in my shoulder. And I am still in pain everyday with that. I can tell you as a result of it, I proved to the British public, and the British television networks that I am worth my weight to the UK fans. What I did prove is that I can bring 3 and a half million unique visitors to the show. Literally, they had the highest opening they've ever had in the history of that show. It's been on for eight years, by the way. Out of those 8 years, they had the highest opening night of any season they've ever had with my season. That brought ten and a half million viewers for the first time to iTV, to see that show. So, with that, the day I was voted off the show, the ratings then sank to 5 and a half million. Which began their lowest ratings ever. So, I think it made quite a statement that, hey, I'm here. That was good. As a result of that, I have been offered my own Broadway show in the West End, in London. Which we are currently in negotiations on. I will let you know more if and when that goes forward. The idea is to premiere my first singular play, West End-type, Broadway-type play, to the world, next spring.
Is that going to be Frog Brothers on Ice?
Corey Feldman: Definitely not Frog Brothers on Ice. No Frog Brothers. No Ice. But it is a very funny comedy, this script. When it is up and running, I will definitely tell you more about that. And it is a very exciting project, and it will probably tie into Corey's Angels, more than likely, if I go forward with that. But I can't say much more about that just yet.
When you get that up and running, I am definitely going to come out to the UK to see it. I won't miss that...
Corey Feldman: Oh, wait...That's right! There is another film I totally forgot about called Exposure. Which we just shot in Miami over Labor Day weekend. Which they say is going to come out early next year. I am looking to direct the sequel to that, which would be called Double Exposure.
So you're going to start directing, too? That's awesome news...
Corey Feldman: Yes! There is another film that I have been scheduled to direct for quite some time. But it keeps getting pushed to the sidelines. But there is another film that I am supposed to direct, and star in, and produce. Which would be my biggest endeavor ever. However, I can't give you the official go ahead on that either. Dreams and aspirations? What would I like to see happen? I would like to see all of those movies get made. I would like to see the brand Corey's Angels live on, and create a life of it's own. More than anything, I want a part in that new Star Wars franchise.
Who wouldn't want to be a part of that cast?
Corey Feldman: I'll tell you who doesn't want to be a part of that cast. I can pretty much guarantee that Anthony Daniels doesn't want a part in it. "I'm 90 years old now, I don't want to walk around in a robot suit anymore. I'm done with that!"
Do you have a part you're lobbying for? You look like Harrison Ford enough to play one of Han Solo's kids. And they are going to be about your age in the storyline...
Corey Feldman: I think that is a great idea. No one knows what they have in mind yet, or what they have in store for us...But what I would like to see in the development of those next three movies is that they bring back all of the original characters, as they are still alive. And you can make them the older generation. Then, whether its their kids, or a bunch of new young soldiers, or Jedis, or warriors...Whatever it is, I would certainly like to be a part of that new young brigade that they are going to bring forward.
Corey Feldman: You got it. That will work. I think Harrison Ford's son is a really great idea, actually. Fans have always said that I would make a great Indiana Jones, a great Young Indiana Jones. We look very similar, we have the same type of bravado. The same character persona with the whole Edgar Frog thing. It is a good fit.
Let's put that out there...
Corey Feldman: You never know! Throw it in the mix! Get a rumor started, get a buzz going, you never know what might happen...
We'll just post the headline: Corey Feldman Takes on Young Solo in Star Wars Episode VII!
Corey Feldman: There you go. Make it a reality. I do believe that belief is the most powerful thing we have in this world. So, if we believe in something enough. And we have faith, we can make it a reality. That is basically the basis of my entire career and my entire life. I am going to really send a lot of positive energy to...Here, these are the three topics at hand...Let's get Corey in the new Star Wars movie, lets get Corey back as Donatello in Ninja Turtles with Michael Bay, and lets get Corey back to reprise his role as Tommy Jarvis to make the fan anticipated sequel, above all, Tommy vs. Jason in Friday the 13th Part 13 in 3D. That is what I'm pitching.
That would be unbelievable. I haven't even heard about that....
Corey Feldman: (Laughs) The idea is something we have been brewing for a few years. Its something I thought up, maybe, ten years ago. Then the fans came to me. They said, "Hey, we want to do this, what do you think?" I said, "I think it's a great idea." They said, "We saw your interview where you were talking about it, and now we want to really get it going." So, we took it to the studio. Now we are in the political arms of the studio. We will see what happens. It is something where I have been talking to the original writer, Barney Cohen, about it. He wrote the original Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter script. And we have talked to the original producers of that script, and the original director. It has gone through the pipeline. We will see where it lies.
The Friday the 13th franchise isn't with Michael Bay anymore?
Corey Feldman: Its not, no. That is part of the problem. No one really knows where the franchise lives. That's a whole separate investigative story for you. Who does owns the Friday The 13th rights anymore? No one really knows. I think it is with Warner Bros. But I think Platinum Dunes dropped the title. I don't think they had any more interest in it. But don't quote me on that. I am not the end all, be all when it comes to the Friday The 13th franchise. Or Michael Bay. Or any of that. I don't want to be put on record saying the wrong thing, or making up rumors, or whatever. There are lots of things. The last thing I want to do is make a statement as the end all, be all official last word on anything.
Personally, I am most excited about this book you have coming out. I'd always hoped there would be one about Corey Haim. I'm hoping that you touch on your relationship with him in the book...
Corey Feldman: Well, yeah! It's my life story. Obviously, I am going to go full circle through everything. It is a very hard process. Trying to minimize your whole crazy life to three hundred pages or less is not easy to do. I have led a pretty colorful life. For me, it's not trying to come up with material. Its trying to edit the material down to a bite sized portion, to make sense, and to get it into the public's hands as quickly as possible. That has been my biggest challenge, really. Just editing, upon editing, upon editing...
You have to leave some for the sequel...
Corey Feldman: Certainly, I can see myself writing three or four of these books as it goes. (Laughs)
(*The killing of Osama Bin Laden and Corey Feldman's involvement in the operation are an inside joke for anyone who has seen Operation Belvis Bash. Neither this site nor Corey Feldman claim the actor had any real involvement in the operation...Or did he?)
6 Degrees of Hell was released October 31st, 2012 and stars Corey Feldman, Jill Whelan, Brian Anthony Wilson, Brian Gallagher, Nikki Bell, Ashley Sumner, David J. Bonner, Nicole Cinaglia. The film is directed by Joe Raffa.