Corey Feldman is rooting for his old friend and “Goonies” co-star Ke Huy Quan to win an Oscar Sunday night. The former child actors played “Mouth” and “Data” in the classic 1985 movie when they were both just 12 years old. After a 25-year break from acting, Quan, now 51, is a hot favorite to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for “Everything Everywhere All At Once.”
This is a sensational achievement considering that his health insurance ran out during the pandemic because he had no work.
Feldman, also 51, exclusively told Page Six that he believes Quan is a winner and that he’ll be watching the ceremony. He also mentioned that the Goonies cast, including Sean Astin, keep a text chain open, exchanging long and emotional greetings over the holidays. “We kept each other entertained on set.
There was a real family dynamic, and nearly 40 years it’s still there,” Feldman said. “At Christmas time, there is a thread of greetings — every single Goonie, Fratelli, [screenwriter] Chris Columbus, [director] Richard Donner. These powerful emails…”
Feldman, who revealed in his 2013 memoir that he was abused by his mother and molested by men in the entertainment industry, spoke to Page Six on the 13th anniversary of his best friend and former co-star Corey Haim’s death.
Haim also made similar allegations of abuse. Despite the tragic loss, Feldman continues to honor his friend’s memory and believes that the bond between the Goonies runs deep like family.
While Feldman has famously had his fair share of ups and downs, including a stint in rehab for drug addiction, Quan ended up quitting acting for decades before winning the role as Waymond Wang in “Everything Everywhere … “ Feldman, who is currently on tour to promote ‘Love Left: 2:1,” his new album, sees things a little differently as Quan’s friend and being around it all.
Ke Huy Quan, best known for his role as Short Round in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” in 1984, has had an emotional journey in the entertainment industry. After a promising start, with roles in movies like “The Goonies,” he found it hard to get work in his teenage years, and eventually gave up on acting.
He worked behind the scenes as an assistant director and stunt coordinator, until he decided to give acting another chance after watching “Crazy Rich Asians” in 2018. He auditioned for “Everything Everywhere All At Once,” and even though he thought he had done well, he didn’t hear back for two months. When he finally got the part, he was overjoyed.
Quan has enjoyed a successful awards season, winning a Golden Globe, SAG, and Critic’s Choice award for his role in “Everything Everywhere All At Once.” He has received support from his former co-stars, with Kerri Green and Josh Brolin rooting for him to win. Quan’s journey is inspiring, as he will be only the second Asian Best Supporting Actor winner if he wins the Oscar, following Haing S. Ngor for “The Killing Fields” in 1984.
Born in Vietnam, Quan came to Los Angeles with his parents and eight siblings in 1979. In 1983, he won the role of Short Round in Steven Spielberg’s movie, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” beating out 6,000 other kids. Despite the ups and downs of his career, Quan is now a hot property in Hollywood.
He will next reunite with Michelle Yeoh in the Disney+ series “American Born Chinese” and will also appear in the Russo Brothers’ new movie, “The Electric State.” Additionally, he has a role in Season 2 of Disney+ show “Loki,” alongside Tom Hiddleston.
Reflecting on his journey, Quan told CBS, “I don’t know how I got here, or how it happened, but I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy.” His story shows that perseverance and faith can pay off, and that it’s never too late to pursue your dreams.