My heart is breaking this morning as I learn of the death of Corey Haim.
Although, one of his first big roles was actually his greatest: â€œLucas.â€Â Haim brought the character of Lucas Blye, the wise-beyond-his-years outcast that you couldnâ€™t help but root for, to life in a special way.Â He was so endearing in his quest as Lucas to avoid the â€œsuperficialâ€ things in life and high school, that the â€œslow clapâ€ at the end of the film was well-deserved for both Haim and his character.Â Of course, the â€œslow-clap,â€ was used in many films of the 1980s and was â€œsuperficialâ€ itself, but that just made it even more appropriate for â€œLucas.â€Â And why Corey Haim wasnâ€™t nominated for an Oscar for this movie is beyond me.
After the 1980s, Haimâ€™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 wasnâ€™t until I was a married 30-something-year-old that I got my chance.Â Haim, â€œThe Haimster,â€ and friend/acting partner Corey Feldman, â€œFeldog,â€ reunited for a reality show on A&E in 2007, appropriately titled, â€œThe Two Coreys.â€ Â 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, Iâ€™d take what I could get.Â 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.Â 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 Haimâ€™s sobriety.Â Feldman reportedly told Haim that he wouldnâ€™t speak to him again until he sobered up.Â Â Â
And Haimâ€™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.Â
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 â€œLucas,â€ the young kid with heart, soul, and so much potential.