The new Lifetime Original Movie A Tale Of Two Coreys (screenwriter: Jessica Dube) tells the story of '80s teen actors Corey Haim and Corey Feldman and premieres on Jan. 6. While the two found fame through the their shared success in films like The Lost Boys, License to Drive, and Dream A Little Dream, the biopic A Tale Of Two Coreys shows the nature of the two famous Coreys' time in Hollywood as being filled with an abundance of drugs and instances of sexual abuse. Those wondering if the details featured in A Tale Of Two Coreys are accurate may be in for some sobering revelations about the lives of Haim and Feldman. Bustle reached out to Lifetime about the accuracy of the film, but received no response by the time of publication.
Corey Haim passed away of pneumonia in 2010, according to The Los Angeles Times. But since his death Corey Feldman has been open about sharing his claims regarding his and Haim's alleged experiences with abuse in Hollywood. Feldman's 2013 memoir Coreyography claims that the two were abused by powerful men in Hollywood. Feldman told People that A Tale Of Two Coreys is "like putting a G rating on an X-rated storyline." While the film does not shy away from hinting at the drugs and abuse present in Haim and Feldman's lives at that time, Feldman said, "There was a lot of sex and drugs that were a part of the story which obviously you can’t show on television."
While, Feldman is open about A Tale Of Two Coreys not being able to tell the full story of his recollections of his and Haim's youth, he was personally involved in the production of the film. Feldman serves as executive producer on the project, the latest of many projects he's worked on that involve him revealing or combatting sexual abuse in Hollywood. In addition to A Tale Of Two Coreys and Coreyography, Feldman revealed on The Today Show that he is also working on a feature film in which he promises to "release every single [abuser's] name that I have any knowledge of, period." People reported that Feldman's claims were investigated by the LAPD in 2017, but that they eventually dropped the investigation because, as a media spokesperson for the LAPD explained, "[the abuse is] out of [the statute of limitations] so we can no longer prosecute the case."
Feldman's goal of exposing the dark and abusive underbelly of Hollywood has been criticized, however, by Corey Haim's mother. In 2011, when Feldman started speaking publicly about the abuse that he and Haim faced, Haim's mother told ABC News, "[Feldman] shouldn't be talking about my kid. I wish he would talk about himself only and leave my son out of it." Judy Haim told The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 that she believes Feldman to be "a scam artist" because of the crowdfunding campaign he launched to fund his movie. One of the biggest disagreements between the two revolved around how they believe Haim was affected by abuse. Feldman believes that his friend was "repeatedly abused as a child by multiple individuals," according to Hollywood Reporter. Judy Haim, however, believes that her son was only molested on one occasion by one person. Haim's mother has not commented publicly on the Lifetime movie.
It seems as though there will be argument over how accurate A Tale Of Two Coreys is, as memories of these events conflict. While Haim is unable to speak about his own experiences, his former best friend and his mother both believe that he was a victim of abuse, and A Tale Of Two Coreys may be able to paint a picture of the difficulties of going through life after surviving traumatic abuse at the hands of powerful figures. The Tale of Two Coreys isn't an easy story to tell, but it's one that needs to be told if Hollywood hopes to ever fully reckon with its history of enabling sexual abuse and assault.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, call the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673) or visit online.rainn.org.