Last week, the Oscars sparked controversy for omitting Corey Haim from the "In Memoriam" segment of the show. Haim had already been left out of the Screen Actors Guild Award ceremony just the month before; lifelong friend and cinematic teammate Corey Feldman expressed hope that the Oscars would take a moment to honor Haim's work, but he was disappointed for a second time.
In an interview with Moviefone (to be published soon), Feldman was highly critical of a double standard he saw in Hollywood, and maintained that the current nonstop news cycle surrounding Charlie Sheen is a crystal clear demonstration of that hypocrisy.
Corey Feldman on Charlie Sheen:
Well I have to be completely honest and say, I'm not a huge fan of Charlie Sheen. I don't make it my goal to ever talk badly in the press, we're all in it together, that's the way I look at it, but Charlie in particular, especially the way that he's affected other people that I know -- point blank, Charlie and Corey started their careers pretty much together and Corey fought for his entire life to recover from those early experiences and to get his life together. And eventually did so, and yet he was snubbed by all his peers on both of the award shows where he should have been honored. Whereas Charlie has lived a very parallel life, the only difference being is that he had a hit TV show.
But if you look at the body of work that Charlie has done, I guarantee you Corey has had more success than Charlie has in his film career. And yet, if Charlie were to die tomorrow, I guarantee you, he would be included in the memoriam. That's just something for people to think about.
Since it looks like America is collectively rubber-necking at the sight of Sheen these days, Feldman's statements have us wondering: Is this Sheen's legacy now?
How will you look back at Charlie Sheen's career? How do you think Hollywood will look back on it?