Corey Feldman Discusses Music and the Dark Side of Hollywood for Child Actors

Corey Feldman, the actor and musician famous for films such as “The Goonies,” “Stand By Me,” and “Gremlins,” recently gave an in-depth interview to The Epoch Times about his music inspirations, career, and experiences with Hollywood's darker side. Feldman has always been more interested in music than acting and considers his music to be eclectic, drawing inspiration from classic rockers such as The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, pop, EDM, and ballads. He likens his work to a "potpourri of different sounds." While he writes all his music, he occasionally collaborates with others. His music has appeared in top 40 radio for various styles, with every release being distinct from the last. Examples include his song “U R Free,” which broke into the Adult Contemporary chart's Top 20 Billboard and “Without You,” which debuted at number 26 on Billboard’s Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart. Feldman is preparing for his first arena tour with “Limp Bizkit,” with whom he has a professional relationship. He acknowledges his admiration for “Limp Bizkit” frontman Fred Durst, who also directed Feldman’s latest music video, “The Joke.” Fellow child star Sean Astin (of "The Goonies" fame) made a cameo in one of Feldman's music videos, while Kerry Green and Ke Huy Quan, his former co-stars on “Stand By Me," joined him on stage. Feldman has a dedicated following online, and he believes that he owes his fans the same level of performance, whether in a small nightclub or at a large festival. According to Feldman, club promoters have misled him in the past to boost ticket sales. He has learned to be a "consummate professional" and give his best performance, whether for 100 or 1,000 people. Feldman is also known for his outspoken claims of abuse as a child actor in Hollywood and his struggles with addiction, which he used to cope with the trauma. He released his documentary “My Truth: The Rape of Two Coreys,” directed by Brian Herlinger, to raise awareness of child abuse and help victims achieve justice. He and former co-star Corey Haim suffered abuse, and Haim passed away in 2010. Feldman was hurt by criticism from people he considered friends and family when he openly discussed the abuse. Feldman claims that Hollywood stars were set to tell their stories in his documentary, but many backed out at the last minute, stating that they had been threatened. Feldman's music is his salvation from the difficult side of fame that he experienced as a child actor. His film “The Birthday” premiered at the Sitges Film Festival in 2004 but was then shelved for two decades. No one wanted to hear about a Corey Feldman theatrical film 20 years ago, and he believes that Hollywood's powers that be ensured it was squashed and that he was cast as an outcast. However, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Peele referred to Feldman's body of work as a source of inspiration, and this recognition led to an invitation to the premiere of Peele's film “Nope,” where the two exchanged phone numbers and began discussing “The Birthday.” Jordan Peele and a producer later visited Feldman's home to watch the only U.S. copy of the film, and Peele expressed interest in featuring “The Birthday” at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2023. The event led to a distribution deal for the shelved movie, and producers exhibited it for two sold-out showings. In conclusion, Corey Feldman's critical and popular successes are due to his unique music, which draws inspiration from diverse genres and artists. He has maintained his approach to his career, working professionally and giving his best performance. Moreover, he has been frank about child abuse that has plagued Hollywood for years, hoping to educate and empower other individuals of abuse and to help them achieve justice. Lastly, he has resurrected a 20-year-old film, “The Birthday,” thanks to the support of filmmaker Jordan Peele, an example of how good art like a good deed is never forgotten
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