"We're like The Odd Couple, dude," says Corey Haim. "Just not that old." He pauses. "And they're maybe funnier than us." Pause. "But I don't know, maybe we could smoke 'em."
Haim is talking about The Two Coreys. In A&E's semi-reality show — premiering July 15 at 10 pm/ET — Haim reunites with former on-screen partner Corey Feldman by moving in with him and his wife, Susie.
As teens, the two starred in a string of movies that began with 1987's vampire thriller The Lost Boys and included License to Drive and Dream a Little Dream. Eventually they suffered the fate of many child stars: well-publicized drug problems, stints in rehab, fizzled careers full of straight-to-video movies, and sideshow antics in the public eye. But now, at 35, they're back — and despite talk that the show is "scripted reality" à la the improvised comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, both Coreys insist that you're seeing the real them.
"We have some situations that are set up, but the emotions that are being conveyed in those scenarios are 100 percent real," says Feldman, whose public indiscretions (rehab at 18, a few years of dressing like Michael Jackson) pale in comparison to his compatriot's more toxic misadventures (reportedly cocaine, crack and various other narcotics). "This is something that everybody in the world can relate to: The best friend gets married and gets responsible, and the other guy hasn't quite grown up yet."
The show might have its share of embarrassing moments, particularly to the clearly fragile Haim, but he's just happy he's still around to be embarrassed. "In all honesty, I don't even know why I'm still alive," says the actor of his past addictions. "My mom says I have angels, and I hope that's true."
"I honestly didn't believe for many years that he would ever be in functioning order again," says Feldman. "It was my belief that he was kind of a young doe lost amongst the wildebeests, and that we might never hear from him again until he ended up on the news. So the fact that he actually suited up and came to the table and got his act together blew me away."
That's not to say the two Coreys don't rub each other the wrong way at times. Feldman talks about his pal's "overbearing adolescent quality," while Haim looks at Feldman's newfound domesticity with equal parts ridicule and admiration.
"He does everything with his wife," Haim says. "It's like, cut the umbilical cord, man." He stops. "No, god bless 'em both. It's a great thing. It's a little overboard for my tastes, but that's me being a jealous friend — like, 'Get out of his life, I want time!' But I love Susan. It's just that I hate the fact that she's changed him so drastically. But, you know, for the better…. "
The new odd couple hopes to bicker their way right into matching comebacks. "We've had our falling-outs, and we've had some in regard to the show itself," says Feldman. "But that said, we'll always be brothers, no matter what. There'll always be that true element of camaraderie, compassion, companionship… and any other word that starts with a C."
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