“The Goonies” 25 Years Later: Where Are They Now?
What do you get when you mix a group of outcasts, a rainy day, a curiously hidden treasure map and a deformed kind of sort of Cyclops in the body of a linebacker named Sloth? If you guessed rush weekend at Delta Iota Kappa, you’re half right. You get the quintessential 80′s movie that doesn’t have John Hughes genius finger prints on it: The Goonies. And if something today made you sit up and say, “Man, I feel old” brace yourself. Because “The Goonies” is celebrating its silver anniversary this year.
In honor of the 25th anniversary of this immaculate piece of 80′s cinema, I’m going to catch up with (internet stalk) the Goondock Saints (please let me have coined that phrase) and see what they’re up to now.
Sean Astin as Mikey
Playing the Head of the Goonies, Mikey, Astin’s character was spearheaded the treasure map hunt and all the ensuing shenanigans. Astin was a natural as the asthmatic, vocabularily deficient leader. Since then, I guess you could say he’s done a few things. he had a starring role in some flick called “Rudy” and played Samwise in a weird trilogy about little people called “Lord of the Rings”. Still his most beloved role: Dave in the 90′s classic “Encino Man” starring along side the Weasel Pauly Shore and Brendan Fraser. No word if he’s still rocking the inhaler, though.
Josh Brolin as Brandon
As Mikey’s supposedly hunky older brother Brandon, Brolin had to keep Mikey and the other knucklehead’s in line while also trying to get in the guts of an easy on the eyes ginger gal named Andy (more on her later). Since then, Brolin has been in movies such as “No Country for Old Men” and “American Gangstar”. He also rammed his head in a locker door a few times and managed to accurately portray Dubya in “W”. He also bagged Diane Lane. He wins “The Goonies”.
Corey Feldman as Mouth
Every crew has a mouthy, obnoxious, assclown. So that’s who Feldman played, the aptly named “Mouth”. He spoke Spanish, he hid jewels in his mouth…he was a true renaissance man. Anyway, Feldman went on to star in cinema’s most realistic and least emo portrayal of vampires (The Lost Boys) and formed a legendary bromance with another dude named Cory.
Jeff Cohen as Chunk
Everyone loves a fat kid. Sure you make fun of his rolls and squeeze his chubby, little cheeks and make farting noises but deep down you really like the guy. Anyway, Cohen’s last acting credit was for a tv movie called “Perfect Harmony” in ’91. Since he’s graduated from Berkley and is now an entertainment lawyer. Here’s hoping the Truffle Shuffle was used to close out a particularly tough deal.
Kerri Green as Andy
Green was on a short list of go-to female redheads in the 80′s with Molly Ringwald. Since the Goonies, she’s retired (i.e. the phone’s stopped ringing” and is now living with a hubby and kids in LA. No word on when the romantic reunion with Brolin is going to happen.
Jonathan Ke Quan as Data
If television has taught us anything its that Asians love gadgets and taking pictures. Data did all of that and he did them awesomely. He had another memorable turn as Short Round in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” and later graduated from USC Cinema TV school.
Martha Plimpton as Stef
Pretty sure her sole purpose in this movie was to be the atypical unattractive sidekick for Andy and a foil for Mouth. You can see her on tv right now in the FOX “hit” “Raising Hope”. She also has poke wars with Feldman on Facebook to re-live the good ol’ days. I made up that last part…
John Matsuzak as Sloth
A former Oakland Raiders defensive end-turned actor, this ended up being Matsuzak’s most notable role. The 6’8 behemoth was downright lovable as the bald, tiny eared creature who formed an unlikely friendship with Chunk. Uggos helping uggos, I guess. Matsuzak passed away from heart failure in ’89. Sad days.