Feldman and Jackson were only thirteen years apart in age, and Feldman reported that Jackson was extremely straight-laced. There was no drinking, no substances, and Feldman even remembers Jackson asking him not to swear. Not the kind of celebrity friendship anybody was expecting. They spent more time together after Disneyland and formed a close relationship. But not too close: amid certain rumors swirling around Jackson, Feldman says that the pop star was never inappropriate with him or, as far as he knew, with any other children.
Feldman has even said that Michael Jackson’s world became a happy place, as crazy as it sounds. As we’re about to see, Feldman’s life was going to take a couple of turns for the worse, but at least he had a place to get away from it all.
When The King Comes to Town
Like pretty much everybody else in the whole world – and especially a young kid who loved pop music – Corey Feldman was a fan of Michael Jackson. It’s a good thing that Steven Spielberg, director of “The Goonies” was friends with Jackson, then. Feldman constantly pestered Spielberg to have Jackson visit the set of the movie, and eventually, Spielberg acquiesced.
Right before an important scene (the Goonies were tampering with the Astoria Country Club’s plumbing) Spielberg let Feldman know that Jackson was paying a visit. Feldman was so excited you can see it in the movie – in the shot of Feldman’s character Mouth yelling “Reverse pressure!” You can tell Feldman has a ton of enthusiasm. He had just gotten the news, and there was no way for him to be anything other than excited.
Friends With an Even Bigger Star
To Feldman’s delight, he and Michael Jackson became friends during Jackson’s visit to the set, and they made plans to hang out. Actually, they made plans to visit the most magical place in the world – Disneyland. Even at the time, Feldman was a minor star, and Jackson was the biggest person on the world’s stage. How were they going to avoid being mobbed? Believe it or not, a couple of simple disguises.
Feldman wore aviator sunglasses and a fake mustache, while MJ had a giant afro and a fake nose. It seems like a movie waiting to happen, but it was real and it actually worked. And Jackson proved to be a cool guy: when they found the hotel room only had one bed, Jackson slept on a cot and gave Feldman the bed.
More Fun in the Eighties
Before the eighties would end, Corey Feldman had a couple more movies released. The first was “The ‘Burbs,” a black comedy film that starred Tom Hanks. After that, it was “Dream a Little Dream,” which was chock full of eighties elements and starred the two Coreys along with Meredith Salenger. It’s listed as a “fantasy-romantic comedy-drama.” It was a big stumble at the box office, just barely making back its budget.
In 1990, Feldman provided the voice of Donatello in the live-action “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” film. At the time he was undoubtedly the biggest star in the movie. This was another big hit for Feldman, making over two hundred million dollars, but all was not right for the actor.
The Dream Is Over
After the end of filming for “Dream a Little Dream,” the studio let the director and the stars relax in their suite at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles for a final night of fun. These names included Mark Rocco, Rickey Schroeder, Corey Haim, and of course Feldman. Feldman took the chance to invite a few friends over to join in. Apparently, something like a thousand people ended up in the suite that night.
Televisions were tossed out of windows, an exotic dancer was hosed down with Champagne, kids were streaking through the halls of the penthouse suite, and the minibar was deposited into a bathtub. All told, the bill that was sent to the studio after this “last night of relaxation” topped ten thousand dollars. Feldman was a big culprit thanks to a new habit.