Another slice of the 80’s, lost: Corey Haim

This morning Corey Haim, Canadian actor and child star of the 80’s, died of an apparent drug overdose. Many are not terribly suprised by this news since Haim himself was very candid about his addictions.

Haim starred in a number of movies like Lost Boys and License to Drive, but the one I’ll remember most is Lucas.

Lucas was filmed in part at my high school in Arlington Heights, Illinois. I had the chance to be an extra there, and also a paid extra at another location. That part ended up on the cutting room floor, but it was pretty cool to be on set for a real movie, see the actors that were mainly unknown at the time (Haim, Charlie Sheen, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Winona Ryder, Jeremy Piven). Several of my friends appeared and/or had speaking parts in the film, so it has a special place in my heart.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dayner
    Mar 11, 2010 @ 00:12:59

    It’s so sad, isn’t it? Lets hope some of the other Hollywood drug addicts will learn from his death.

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    • Natasha
      Mar 11, 2010 @ 09:34:45

      But they won’t…. I still haven’t gotten over Jim Morrison or Janis Joplin…..

      I remember listening to a mix-tape my son made and it seemed that every single artist I liked on it had died of a drug overdose. All in their early twenties.

      People in their teens and twenties especially think they are so freaking invulnerable — they can do anything and it will be all right. They won’t get hooked if they try it; they won’t OD; they won’t get pregnant.

      On another note, it must have been fun to be part of the movie. They film a lot where we live and it’s always fun to watch movies or tv shows and recognize the setting. Of course I’m always trying to push into the filming zone and always get told to stand back.

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      • kathanink
        Mar 11, 2010 @ 13:09:08

        Yes, sadly, they probably won’t learn….

        Being part of a movie was really fun. But not as fun as you think…everything takes soooo long, and when you’re an extra you do a lot more sitting and waiting than anything. For the two scenes I was in it took about 4 days of shooting (like 6-8 hours) and it was a total of about 3 minutes in the movie!

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  2. Parrot Writes
    Mar 10, 2010 @ 23:56:18

    What a wonderful memory for you to have been a part of that movie. It is so sad to watch what drugs can do to a person. I think there is something very missing in someones life that turns them to drugs. It takes a pretty strong crisis or intervention to turn it around. You try, but you can’t do it for them. I speak from family experience and from Pharmacist experience.

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    • kathanink
      Mar 11, 2010 @ 13:07:12

      Yes, it was pretty cool. I said something on my Facebook page and some of my high school friends were reminiscing about being in the marching band scenes and how Corey was messing around with a french horn and broke it!

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