21 Facts About 'The Goonies' You Didn't Know To Get You Ready For The Sequel
Gen-Y children everywhere grew up with the mantra: "Goonies Never Say Die."
Well, we learned a few days ago that the film's director, Richard Donner, is sticking to that mantra when he confirmed a "Goonies" sequel almost 30 years later.
Donner also mentioned that he is in talks with the original cast members to have them return in the newest iteration.
After news like this, we just couldn't contain our excitement! So, in anticipation for what will assuredly be one of the most epic sequels we've ever seen, here are the 21 facts that you (most likely) didn't know about "The Goonies."
1. "The Goonies" was shot almost entirely in sequence
This is usually unheard of when it comes to filming. As a result, total production took five months.
2. All the jewels that Mama Fratelli (Anne Ramsey) pulled out of Mouth's (Corey Feldman) mouth, were all really in his mouth.
3. The director Richard Donner made a cameo in the movie.
He's on the right.
4. In order to film the most realistic reactions, the kids weren't allowed to see the ship until shooting the scene.
However, when they did see it for the first time, a bunch of them yelled, "Holy sh*t!" The scene needed to be reshot.
5. Mikey (Sean Astin) was allowed to keep the map from the film.
However, his mother found it years later and threw it out thinking it was just a crumbled up piece of paper. Wouldn't you have gotten that sh*t framed or something?
6. Some of the kids' real-life parents were the parents they hugged at the end of the film.
7. Chunk (Jeff Cohen) got the chicken pox a few days before filming
Cohen decided to show up anyway for fear he would be replaced. You can notice a few pox in the truffle shuffle scene.
8. Sloth was played by the late football player John Matuszak.
Matuszak played for the Oakland Raiders and was known as "The Tootz." In fact, he was wearing a Raiders t-shirt at one point in the film.
9. When the Fratelli brothers argue, Mama Fratelli was told to slap Jake Fratelli (Robert Davi) as hard as she could.
10. The Mayor of Astoria, Oregon (where the movie was filmed) declared June 7 "Goonies Day" during the 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2010.
On this day in Astoria, you can take a full tour of the "Goon docks" and do the truffle shuffle in front of "The Goonies" house. See the full itinerary here.
11. There was a Goonies oath that was cut out of the film.
It goes: "I will never betray my goon dock friends / We will stick together until the whole world ends / Through heaven and hell, and nuclear war / Good pals like us, will stick like tar / In the city, or the country, or the forest, or the boonies / I am proudly declared a fellow Goony."
12. On the DVD commentary, Chunk claims that the confession of puking off the theater balcony is not based on anything in real life.
This is incorrect. The basis for the theater story was a real-life prank done by Executive Producer Steven Spielberg while growing up in Phoenix, AZ.
13. In this same scene, Chunk says he thought of his mom dying to generate real tears.
14. The late Corey Haim auditioned for the role of Mouth, but lost it to Corey Feldman. The two actors' careers have been intertwined ever since.
After "The Goonies," the two Coreys were both cast in "The Lost Boys" (1987) and became best friends. They then starred in six more movies together. In "License to Drive" (1988), Feldman auditioned for the lead role of Les Anderson, but lost it to Haim.
15. There is a Goonies II video game for Nintendo.
16. The novelization of "The Goonies" confirms that Chunk's parents actually do adopt Sloth, going so far as to throw him a Bar Mitzvah.
What I wouldn't do to see the album.
17. There was a scene with a killer octopus cut out of the film.
There was even an entire song dedicated to the scene: “8 Arms to Hold You.” However, the single was replaced by the more well-known song we all love: “The Goonies ’R’ Good Enough” by Cyndi Lauper.
18. There were so many rewrites that the actors didn't even get their scripts until it was time to shoot.
In fact, the kids didn't even know where Chunk was for a good portion of the movie because they didn't know about the plot line between him and Sloth until they saw the completed film.
19. Chunk now looks like this.
And he is an entertainment attorney. Okay, Chunk, I see you.
20. The director, Richard Donner, and the rest of the crew used to slide down that giant water slide after wrapping.
21. Andy (Kerri Green) was on an episode of "Law and Order: SVU" in 2001.
Green played distraught mother, Michelle, whose baby was taken from a grocery store.
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