Many of us became interested in this book from the time of it's first announcement and especially because we have seen the 2 Coreys (Corey Feldman, the author, and Corey Haim, his friend) acting in various films. I was very interested in The Gooneys
, and Stand By Me
. I also saw them in a film called The Lost Boys
. I found The Lost Boys interesting the first time I saw it but when I tried to watch it again several months ago I lost interest in it and set it aside. Feldman is still working as an actor in the film industry there. Feldman made the statement that when they went into those major film roles when they were 14, they were surrounded by abusers.http://www.malesurvivor.org/board/ubbthr...true#Post367954
I have to admit that I've only read about 60% of Corey Feldman's book so far. I had to set it aside temporarily because it was "overcharging my batteries." Coreography
is about Feldman and his experiences and it is not primarily an expose' of abuse and abusers in Hollywood although it does go into that. I took great interest in it also because as a very small boy my family lived not too far from Hollywood and that's where I was sexually abused when I was still only 3 years old and lasting about 8 months until I was 4 1/2. Yes, the perpetrator of that abuse was an important figure in the film industry. I'm not in a position to name him publicly because I was so very young that I can't be absolutely sure of names and such without further research. I know where it was and I remember lots of incidental information. I have reported this abuse as "pufferfish story part 1". I also think that the abuser must have told me to call him by the name 'Curley' and not his real name. That abuse involved other boys and a movie camera. It was quite devastating to me and I had to bear that burden all alone. I'm not completely sure what happened to the other boys, except that one of them had some roles in movies and can be found in imdb. The others seemed to drop out of sight completely. My mother later told me the identity of the 2 boys most involved. She also described a Producer who'se name begins with "S". The abuser was apparently his son-in-law. I remembered the essential facts and nature of that abuse but I'm still working on resolving the problems I've had as a person because of that early abuse. Abuse that early creates dissociative disorder and other symptoms. I'm still working on resolving these issues. It may be that Corey Haim faced similar difficulties as a small child.http://www.malesurvivor.org/board/ubbthr...2889#Post212889
Corey Feldman in his book is much more level-headed than either of his parents. Everybody around him was going crazy for sex and drugs. He seemed to emerge with only minor "wounds". I admire this characteristic.
Feldman describes that his good friend Haim at their first acquaintance (age 14) already had symptoms of abuse. He was already a sexaholic. That apparently indicated a lot of earlier abuse, although I didn't see it explicitly stated. One of his symptoms (Corey Haim's) was that he constantly had to be eating or 'mouthing' something. These characteristics of course don't show up in Haim's roles. As a teen in his earlier movies he was still quite trim. Haim was obviously ADHD; very nervous. Both Coreys had been making commercial films since childhood.
The life of a young actor as descrubed by Feldman seemed to be incredibly difficult. It was rife with trials of sex and booze and drugs.
In a later post I may try to summarize what he says about some of the abusers. However, I don't want to take away from the interest in his book. I might add that in the very end of the book Feldman declares that he had to change some of the names in the book. I can understand why.