SAGs Producer: Time Wasn't Kind to Corey Haim
By Marc Schneider Posted Feb 1st 2011 12:01AM
Eighties teen star Corey Haim made the cut for the original 'In Memoriam' package at Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards, but father time had other plans. Following a day of guffaws from fans and old friends, including Corey Feldman, the show's producer explains in a statement given to PopEater that they simply didn't have "time to salute everyone" this year.
Kathy Connell notes that two packages were prepared for broadcast: "A longer version in hopes of being able to salute more actors and a shorter version if it was needed due to time."
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It remains to be seen whether the explanation will satisfy viewers who saw his absence as disrespectful of an actor who starred in many beloved films, including 'The Lost Boys' and 'License to Drive.'
Haim's co-star of those two films, Feldman, bitterly told PopEater earlier Monday that he wasn't surprised his friend didn't make it to air.
"We have become used to not being honored by our peers in the industry," he said. "I have faith that the Academy will make a wiser choice."
The SAG 'Memoriam' package that did air included other ex-child stars, such as David Nelson and Gary Coleman, as well as the recent passing of British great Pete Postlethwaite.
PopEater readers noted that Haim wasn't the only SAG member to miss the cut. Actress and singer Dorothy Provine, who co-starred in films including 'It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World' and 'The Great Race,' was also left off the montage. She died April 25 at age 75.
Connell called the process of picking the late stars to honor, "One of the SAG Awards Committee's hardest jobs," adding, "Some people who are included early on, may not be in the final package due to the passing of other SAG members."
Haim, who rose to fame in 1980s nerd classic 'Lucas,' died March 10 at his mother's home in Burbank, Calif. An autopsy report labeled it a "natural death," and illegal drugs were not found in his system. He was 38.
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