DETAILS: You were legally emancipated from your mother in 1987, and you say some incendiary things about her in your new memoir, Coreyography. Are you two still in touch?
Corey Feldman: We are. I have chosen to forgive her for her past. She's very worried about the book coming out, obviously. I tell her, "Look, I endured many years of hell. My life was pretty miserable as a kid. I don't want to make your life awful, but it is my right to free myself of bondage by allowing people to see what my upbringing was really like."
DETAILS: You met Michael Jackson while shooting The Goonies and went on to develop a close bond with him. What do you think he felt for you?
Corey Feldman: Love. He probably saw the same thing that many casting directors saw in my eyes, which is that I really needed a friend. He saw it as an opportunity to connect with someone on his level. Every single time that I hung out with Michael, there was magic in the air. The day he died, I felt that magic leave the earth.
DETAILS: When you started high school, you were already a star. Did you think that you were special?
Corey Feldman: No, the exact opposite. I tried to kill myself almost on a daily basis. I kept a gun hidden under my mattress. I was tired of being beaten up at school every day. Girls didn't look at me. That was the irony, right? I'm in all these teen magazines. In Japan, there's millions of kids sending me fan mail. It's right before The Lost Boys, so I'd already done The Goonies, Stand by Me, and Gremlins. The way I saw it, the Hollywood machine wanted to fabricate me as a teen star, so they sold me as a good-looking child. I thought, "Ha, these kids are falling for it, looking up to me as if I'm Rob Lowe." I'm just some chubby kid that got lucky. I hung out with the loser kids. We were the real Goonies.
DETAILS: Beginning with The Lost Boys, you and Corey Haim were billed as "the Two Coreys." Meanwhile, you've said, you were both being molested by older men in the entertainment industry.
Corey Feldman: That was my reality. I was literally surrounded by a nest of pedophiles. I started using drugs to numb the pain. There's a picture that they didn't end up using in my book of Corey surrounded by three guys, and they all molested him. These were devilish, sick-minded individuals. Now, contrast them with Michael Jackson, who I view as a greatly misunderstood, innocent person. He was always a perfect gentleman.
DETAILS: In 2008, you stopped speaking to Haim around the time that your A&E reality show, The Two Coreys, was canceled, because he was using drugs again. But you reconnected before he died of pneumonia in 2010. What broke the ice?
Corey Feldman: He made the move. It was right before I went to Africa to shoot The Lost Boys III. He called and said, "Listen, I know you needed to give me time, and it worked. I know you just lost Michael [Jackson]. We both just lost [Dream a Little Dream director] Mark [Rocco]. It's been a shitty year for both of us. Let's do this together." We were both enjoying life as sober people. I started visiting with him again. It was the closest and purest we'd ever been as friends.
DETAILS: Did you ever think about leaving Hollywood?
Corey Feldman: Yeah, I think about it all the time. But people recognize me everywhere I go, so it's not like I can just blend into society. And because I never made millions of dollars, I can't just retire. It's pretty embarrassing to look at people like Tom Hanks—when you run into them at the local bagel shop, and they go, "So what are you doing these days?"
DETAILS: Did any Hollywood friends from your teenage years emerge unscathed?
Corey Feldman: Sean Astin. He was smart. Or I should say his mom was smart—Patty Duke. After The Goonies, she said, "That's it. You're going back to school." He got a regular job. As a matter of fact, he was working at the movie theater where The Lost Boys premiered. I remember thinking, "Poor Sean, what's happened to his career?" But he ate that humble pie and he's a real person because of it. A perfectly well-rounded, balanced individual. Great family, great kids, great wife. He's got it all.
DETAILS:You have a 9-year-old son, Zen, from your previous marriage. Do you ever envy the Astins' more conventional household?
Corey Feldman: I'm not envious of anybody. I am far from a victim. I've been through hell, but I came out the other side. I teach my beautiful son positive things on a daily basis. He's bright, he's warm, he's compelling. He's got a great sense of humor.
DETAILS: If he showed an interest in acting, would you let him pursue it as a career?
Corey Feldman: No way in hell. Not gonna happen. Ever.