The Gooniesnever say die, and here's proof. More than 27 years after the fan favorite film was released, two of its starsare back together, this time on TV.
Corey Feldman recently joined Sean Astin in the sound booth at the Nickelodeon Animation Studios in Burbank, Calif., where the two recorded voiceovers for a Season 2 episode of Nickelodeon's hit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Astin plays Raphael, one of the pizza-loving ninjutsu-trained reptiles on the animated revival. Feldman's character remains shrouded in secrecy, although it's safe to say that he rocks Raphael's world. According to Feldman, his Ninja Turtles collaboration with Astin marks one of the few times any of The Goonies kids have shared screen time since the 1985 movie. "The coolest part is it's two Goonies working together again after all these years," Feldman says. "Which is crazy, because we're all such good friends."
Feldman (who played the delinquent Mouth in The Goonies) and Astin (the movie's young protagonist, Mikey) keep in close contact — which made things a little awkward when both tried out for the Raphael role. "If it was anyone else I would have taken it harder, but I love Sean," says Feldman, who was smoking at the time of his audition, sporting a voice that was ultimately deemed too raspy for the job.
Nonetheless, executive producer Ciro Nieli promised to find another role for Feldman, who had voiced Donatello in two of the Ninja Turtles movies. "His role is a perfect complement to his relationship with Sean," says Nieli. "It couldn't be any better."
Feldman is expected to return for multiple episodes. At the first voice-over session with Feldman and Astin, the actors are relaxed and playful with each other. Feldman takes iPhone pics of Astin, sitting in the booth next to him, while Astin admits he has to look away while Feldman voices his role. "I didn't think I'd get to see anybody, it would be a quick visit, do a few lines and that's it," says Feldman.
But, Astin notes, "Nickelodeon is very aware of the promotability of name actors in their shows. They get it. They care about this franchise a lot." Nickelodeon ordered 26 episodes of Season One, which premiered in September, and has already picked up a second season.
Besides Astin, the show also features the voices of Jason Biggs (American Pie), Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) and Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen). Small world time: Feldman worked with Cipes on the Toon Disney series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go, which was created by Nieli.
Both Feldman and Astin say they're still asked about a Goonies sequel more than almost anything else on their robust resumes. Ideas that have been kicked around in the past include a second movie featuring the old cast, an animated reboot, and even a Goonies Broadway musical. But nothing will happen until producers Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner give their blessing.
"It will happen," Astin says. "I'm 1000 percent certain there will be a sequel. I will bet my children on it."
Feldman's not quite as certain. "Oh my God," he says. "I am betting no child on this matter."
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