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How Quickly Can You Fall From Highest Paid Teen Star to Soft-Core Porn?

By Dustin Rowles | Film | September 3, 2015 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | Film | September 3, 2015 |


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In 1992, I ran across a straight-to-Cinemax movie called Blown Away late one night. To say it was “awful” would be an insult to the word, which deserves better than to be associated with an erotic thriller that includes one of the most comically heinous motorcycle explosions you’d ever have the displeasure of watching (it turns out, the entire film is on YouTube, and you can watch the motorcycle bomb explode around the 1:04 mark).

If you’re a 80s/90s kid, you might also find fast-forwarding to all the naughty bits much more convenient on YouTube than on your shitty VCR.

What’s remarkable to me about Blown Away is not how miserably terrible it is, but who stars in it: The two most popular and highest paid teen stars of the 1980s, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman, as well as Nicole Eggert, a teen star in her own right for playing the rebellious daughter in the clean-cut syndicated sitcom Charles in Charge with Scott Baio.

And the thing is, none of these actors were far removed from their peaks when Blown Away came around. Charles in Charge ended in 1990. The Coreys much publicized partnership didn’t even begin until 1988’s License to Drive, and they’d also starred in the body-switching comedy Dream a Little Dream the year after.

But even without today’s intense media scrutiny, both Coreys had managed to fall faster than Lindsay Lohan, whose descent began with 2005’s Herbie Fully Loaded and didn’t hit the soft-core porn bottom until 2013’s Canyons.

Eggert managed to pull out of the nosedive to some degree by landing on Baywatch, but the Haim/Feldman fall was catastrophic. In Hollywood terms, it was practically overnight. They’d gone from the cover of Teen Beat to taking turns badly fucking Nicole Eggert in a straight to late-night cable movie. The Coreys were 21, and their best days were already behind them, and they’d managed to do this without the benefit of Twitter or TMZ.

How does that happen so fast? Drugs, of course, not that I had to tell any of you that. In fact, during filming of Blown Away, Corey Haim spent his nights with then girlfriend Nicole Eggert hooked to an IV in a hospital to battle withdrawal pains. Haim never beat that drug addiction, either. Within four years of Blown Away’s release, he had to be fired from a job by his own best friend, Corey Feldman. That same year, he went broke, filing for bankruptcy the next year. Ultimately, after 15 stints in rehab, a few arrests, a number of comeback attempts, unwanted sequels, and a celebreality show with Feldman, Haim died in 2010.

That tragedy, sadly, makes it more difficult to make fun of the scene in which Eggert shoots Feldman in the back right after Haim catches Feldman and Eggert’s characters having sex. “That’s an amazing penis,” Haim says, before revealing that he knew his half-brother had planted a bomb in his car out of jealousy, and that Eggert’s character had masterminded the entire scheme. Haim’s character was the only one of the three to survive the film. Sadly, the same cannot be said of the actor, a man with so much early promise, all lost to addiction.


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