Since the introduction of the boy who wouldn’t grow up by J.M. Barrie in 1904, the world has been in love with Peter Pan. Plays, music, Disney and even the Olympic 2012 opening ceremony have all recycled the magic of Peter and Wendy.
One of the best loved and most original adaptations is Steven Spielberg’s 1991 live action fantasy film Hook, which continued Barrie’s story by imagining a world in which Peter left Neverland behind and grew up like the rest of us. Age is inevitable, something the kids who played the Lost Boys have proven this week.
Reuniting for a photoshoot to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the movie, the gang assumed the poses from the original film poster. They’re just as fierce as ever, in costumes virtually identical to the originals. But Neverland must have had a housing crisis, because the lads are looking a bit more grown up than they did 25 years ago.
Dante Basco, who played Lost Boys leader, Rufio, shared a series of shots from the reunion photoshoot on his Facebook page. “Bangarang forever!” he told fans.
James Madio, who played the Lost Boy “Don’t Ask” in the film told ET “We picked it up right away where we were and just reminiscing about everything. It’s just really cool.”
This is the first time the former child stars, who ranged in ages between six and 17 during filming, have reunited since the movie was made.
However, the reunion is a bittersweet occasion as fans and cast members mourn the loss of the film’s star, Robin Williams. Basco remarked that “I think for all of us [Robin’s death] was the death of our childhood.” Thursday (August 11), marks the two year anniversary of the actor’s tragic passing.
Basco talked about how Williams mentored him during filming: “[Robin] really taught me at a young age what it means to be a star, what it means to be a leader on a set.”
Thomas Tulak, who played the youngest cast member “Too Small”, told ET that it was Williams’ “mission” to “make sure everyone around him is happy and laughing all the time.”
“He made sure that he had a relationship with each and every one of us,” said Madio.
Isaiah Robinson (“Pockets”), said: “A lot of the things we became, all these years later, are directly because of him.”