It was clear to everybody in the entertainment industry that Corey Feldman was an icon of a different era. He had been one of the eighties’s biggest child stars, but that time was now ten years removed. In the twenty-first century, Feldman acted in such films as “My Life as a Troll,” “Seance,” (also known as “Killer in the Dark”), “Bikini Bandits,” and the short film “Project Redlight.” Pretty small credits to add to his curriculum vitae.
In 2003 he was in a mockumentary, “Pauly Shore is Dead,” which got middling reviews (better than most of Shore’s other films) and a mere eleven thousand dollars at the box office. That is not a big number.
A New Millennium
Once the decade ended and the world was flung into the amazing future of the twenty-first century, Feldman might have been able to see the writing on the wall. Whether it was his distant substance issues, his poor pick of studio projects, or his acting chops, he just wasn’t a big star anymore.
In the year 2000, he acted as Charles in “The Million Dollar Kid,” applied his voice to Max the Mouse in “The Scarecrow,” and was credited as Edggar Frogg for some strange reason, and had a small role as Sarah’s gynecologist in “Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV.” These weren’t the kinds of roles he’d grown up with, but he was dedicated to remaining a performer and entertainer, voice actor, and even a musician.
An End to a Friendship
Friends come and friends go, and it’s a strange, sad thing when relationships come to an end. On that topic, Feldman’s relationship with old pal Michael Jackson ended in a strange way. September 11, 2001, was a day of tragedy, and it also marked the end of this relationship. You see, after the Twin Towers were struck and chaos ensued, Michael Jackson reached out to a couple of friends in New York to help them get out in case of more attacks.
These friends include Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and Liza Minnelli. These friends do NOT include Corey Feldman. Feldman wrote a song about the “incident,” in which Feldman called Jackson “Megalo Man.” At that point, the relationship ended. Jackson would die soon after the song came out.
A Second Marriage
In 2002, Corey Feldman met actress and model Susie Sprague, famous for...not much, actually. They ran into each other in a nightclub and began a relationship. In 2003, Feldman was featured in the first season of the WB reality show “The Surreal Life,” which followed celebrities as they lived out their bizarre lives in a Hollywood Hills mansion. At the end of the season, Sprague and Feldman got married, ministered by pop rapper MC Hammer, who also appeared on the show. Hammer was an ordained minister.
While seemingly just as spur-of-the-moment as Feldman’s first marriage, this one lasted even longer, from 2003 until 2010. The couple had a son named Zen Scott. For the next four years after 2010, there was a legal battle over custody and spousal support that finally came to an end, and an official divorce in 2014.
The next big period of Feldman’s life came in 2005 when his ex-friend Michael Jackson was brought up on abuse charges. Corey Feldman was summoned to testify, though he never appeared in court. Feldman had always maintained that Jackson had never acted inappropriately toward him during their time together, but he still had complicated feelings about the matter. Just because Jackson acted properly around him, does that mean Jackson was completely innocent? It was impossible to say.
Feldman would say that he believed Jackson had a habit of forming friendships with vulnerable young people and then would cut them out when he was bored, and that such actions had done real damage to himself and others. The trial forced Feldman to look at his relationship with Jackson and rethink a lot of things.