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Corey Haim, ‘Lucas Forever,’ A Fan Tribute

My heart is breaking this morning as I learn of the death of Corey Haim.

(Actor Corey Haim Found Dead)

Growing up in the 1980s, Corey Haim was one of the biggest teen idols around, and one of my biggest crushes.   My junior high locker and bedroom were covered in photos of Haim, as I dreamily watched his films (the good: “License to Drive” and the bad: “Prayer of the Rollerboys”) any chance I got.
Corey Haim in "Lucas"

Corey Haim in "Lucas"

Although, one of his first big roles was actually his greatest: “Lucas.”  Haim brought the character of Lucas Blye, the wise-beyond-his-years outcast that you couldn’t help but root for, to life in a special way.  He was so endearing in his quest as Lucas to avoid the “superficial” things in life and high school, that the “slow clap” at the end of the film was well-deserved for both Haim and his character.  Of course, the “slow-clap,” was used in many films of the 1980s and was “superficial” itself, but that just made it even more appropriate for “Lucas.”  And why Corey Haim wasn’t nominated for an Oscar for this movie is beyond me.

After the 1980s, Haim’s career went on a downward spiral, and so did his life. His drug use was quite apparent in interviews and news reports, but as a fan, I held out hope that one day he would get his act together and make a comeback in life and on-screen.

It wasn’t until I was a married 30-something-year-old that I got my chance.  Haim, “The Haimster,” and friend/acting partner Corey Feldman, “Feldog,” reunited for a reality show on A&E in 2007, appropriately titled, “The Two Coreys.”  The show chronicled their present lives, with Feldman living the family life and Haim continuing to live the single life. It was a bit cheesy and scripted, but for a fan like me, I’d take what I could get.  It was nice to see the two Coreys together again, and to have a weekly dose of Haim.

And it seemed as though Haim was trying to get his life back in order with a new apartment in Los Angeles and an attempt to make amends with Hollywood, who pretty much turned its back on Haim because of his drug use and reported poor behavior on sets.  He even put an advertisement out to Hollywood in Variety, stating, “This is not a stunt. I’m back. I’m ready to work. I’m ready to make amends.”

The show was short-lived, though, as the two Coreys once again feuded, mostly over Haim’s sobriety.  Feldman reportedly told Haim that he wouldn’t speak to him again until he sobered up.    

And Haim’s chance at a comeback was also short-lived, as he unfortunately succumbed to his drug addiction and was found dead in the early morning of March 10, 2010, at the age of 38. 

As a longtime fan of Corey Haim, I will try to look past the drugs and poor choices Haim made in his life, and instead remember him forever as “Lucas,” the young kid with heart, soul, and so much potential.

    75 Responses to “Corey Haim, ‘Lucas Forever,’ A Fan Tribute”

    1. Shannon says:

      Marcy, I too grew up with Corey Haim as a main character in my teen life. I used to refer to my “Corey Haim wallpaper” in my room. I always used to dream of meeting him one day :-( He will so be missed, but I have good memories, and alot of good movies to watch whenever I want to see him again. Thanks for your story.

    2. Mark says:

      I really enjoyed the film “Lucas”. I wonder how much of Haim is in that character? That movie struck a chord with me and I think there had to have been something of the actor in the character.

      I also liked Corey Haim in “Lost Boys”. In both of these films he played the sort of person who might have shared some classes with you in high school.

      I am 36-years-old and I was very saddened when I heard Haim was dead. I wish his life had taken a different path. Death is such a waste.

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      I was his wife! I am @9 and married Corey Haim!

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